Key to the City

Key to the City

Director: George Sidney

Cast: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Marilyn Maxwell

     
 
George Sidney directs this pleasant romantic comedy concerning mayoral love. During a convention of mayors in San Francisco, Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young), the mayor of a small town in Maine, meets Steve Fisk (Clark Gable), the down-to-earth leader of a tiny northern California community. During the rowdy proceedings of the convention, the two find themselves

Overview

George Sidney directs this pleasant romantic comedy concerning mayoral love. During a convention of mayors in San Francisco, Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young), the mayor of a small town in Maine, meets Steve Fisk (Clark Gable), the down-to-earth leader of a tiny northern California community. During the rowdy proceedings of the convention, the two find themselves pushed together frequently, with the typical result -- they fall in love. After the convention, the two head back to Steve's town, where crooked local politician Les Taggart (Raymond Burr) is squaring off against Fisk in a mayoral election. With the help of Clarissa, Steve gears up for his reelection bid.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Key to the City is a run-of-the-mill "opposites attract" romantic comedy, enlivened and made worth watching thanks to its star leads. Perhaps because Clark Gable and Loretta Young had an actual history offscreen (with Gable secretly fathering a child with Young), there's a palpable chemistry between the two that is simply delicious. Oh, they're helped by some decent lines from screenwriter Robert Riley Crutcher, some of which have actual wit and others of which at least give the impression of actual wit. But it's what they do with the lines -- and just as importantly, what they do between the lines -- that really counts here. Certainly, Crutcher hasn't helped them out by providing them with characters of real depth to play, or by placing them in situations that are particularly imaginative. But Gable and Young accept the circumstances and make the most of them, helped along no doubt by George Sidney's slick direction. The stars get able support from the always dependable Frank Morgan, the luscious Marilyn Maxwell, and the staunch Lewis Stone, among others. Key to the City is predictable, sometimes to a fault, but the cast works very hard to make that "predictable" feel more like "comfortably familiar."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0883316733905
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
29,295

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Steve Fisk
Loretta Young Clarissa Standish
Marilyn Maxwell Sheila
Frank Morgan Fire Chief Duggan
Raymond Burr Les Taggart
James Gleason Sgt. Hogan
Lewis Stone Judge Silas Standish
Raymond Walburn Mayor Billy Butler
Pamela Britton Miss Unconscious
Zamah Cunningham Mrs. Butler
Clinton Sundberg Clerk
Bert Freed Emmy's Husband
Emory Parnell Council Chairman
Clara Blandick Liza
Helen Brown Woman
Nana Bryant Mrs. Cabot
Bill Cartledge Page Boy
Edward Earle Councilman
Jack Elam Councilman
Frank Ferguson Actor
James Flavin Cop
Dorothy Ford Miss Construction
Byron Foulger Custodian
Richard Gaines Speaker
Alex Gerry Actor
James Harrison Actor
Harry Harvey Waiter
Marvin Kaplan Francis
Roger Moore Assistant Clerk
Charles B. Smith Bellboy
Pierre Watkin Mayor Cabot
Dick Wessel Washer
Frank Wilcox Councilman
Victor Sen Yung Chinese MC
Shirley Lew Elevator Operator
Marion Martin Emmy

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Albert Beich Original Story
Robert Riley Crutcher Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Z. Wayne Griffin Producer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
James Newcom Editor
Hans Peters Art Director
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Key to the City
1. Chapter 1 [1:42]
2. Chapter 2 [3:48]
3. Chapter 3 [3:20]
4. Chapter 4 [3:23]
5. Chapter 5 [4:33]
6. Chapter 6 [7:55]
7. Chapter 7 [5:34]
8. Chapter 8 [6:00]
9. Chapter 9 [3:49]
10. Chapter 10 [7:00]
11. Chapter 11 [3:52]
12. Chapter 12 [6:00]
13. Chapter 13 [3:23]
14. Chapter 14 [5:42]
15. Chapter 15 [7:59]
16. Chapter 16 [4:32]
17. Chapter 17 [6:56]
18. Chapter 18 [6:24]
19. Chapter 19 [3:05]
20. Chapter 20 [1:53]
21. Chapter 21 [3:16]
22. Chapter 22 [:35]

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