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Key to the City (film)

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Director  George Sidney
Production  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Cinematography  Harold Rosson
Country  United States
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Release date  February 2, 1950 (1950-02-02)
Writer  Albert Beich (story), Robert Riley Crutcher
Cast  Clark Gable (Steve Fisk), Loretta Young (Clarissa Standish), Frank Morgan (Fire Chief Duggan), Marilyn Maxwell (Shelia the 'Atom' Dancer), Raymond Burr (Les Taggart), James Gleason (Sergeant Hogan)
Similar movies  Democracy Is ..., The Masters of Terror, Thank You for Smoking, Southland Tales, Ruins, Lula, the son of Brazil
Tagline  They Click Like a key in a Lock

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Key to the City is a 1950 American romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young as mayors who meet at San Francisco, and despite their contrasting personalities and views, they fall in love. It marked the final film role of Frank Morgan, who died before the film was released, and the last credited film appearance of his Wizard of Oz castmate Clara Blandick.

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Plot

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Steve Fisk (Clark Gable) is the mayor of a town called Puget City. At a convention in San Francisco, he mistakes Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young), the mayor of Wenonah, Maine, for a "balloon dancer" he was expecting.

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A former longshoreman, Steve feels that Clarissa might be too refined a woman for him, but he is definitely attracted. He needs to be careful, however, because a crooked city councilman Les Taggart (Raymond Burr) would love to have any hint of scandal to use against Steve politically back home.

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Steve proceeds to inadvertently get Clarissa arrested twice, first after a brawl in a Chinatown restaurant, then on their way to a costume party. A photographer clicks a picture of Clarissa making it appear she is at the police station for public drunkenness. She does not think it funny, but her uncle, Judge Silas Standish (Lewis Stone), is privately delighted that the prim Clarissa seems to finally be loosening up.

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The balloon dancer, Sheila (Marilyn Maxwell), shows up, causing Clarissa to conclude incorrectly that Steve is going to see her. And she is irate when Steve disappears, unaware that he had to hurry home for a hastily called council vote. The truth is, Steve wants to marry Clarissa, and cannot wait to present her with the key to his city.

Cast

  • Clark Gable as Steve Fisk
  • Loretta Young as Clarissa Standish
  • Frank Morgan as Fire Chief Duggan
  • Marilyn Maxwell as Sheila
  • Raymond Burr as Les Taggart
  • James Gleason as Sergeant Hogan
  • Lewis Stone as Judge Silas Standish
  • Raymond Walburn as Mayor Billy Butler
  • Pamela Britton as Miss Unconscious
  • Zamah Cunningham as Mrs. Butler
  • Clinton Sundberg as Clerk
  • Marion Martin as Emmy
  • Bert Freed as Emmy's Husband
  • Emory Parnell as Council Chairman
  • Clara Blandick as Liza
  • Reception

    According to MGM records the film earned $2,296,000 in the US and Canada and $677,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $298,000.

    References

    Key to the City (film) Wikipedia
    Key Exchange IMDb Key Exchange themoviedb.org Key to the City (film) IMDb Key to the City (film) themoviedb.org


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