Key to the City is a noisy, wise-cracking comedy. Dialog is flip and pseudo-sophisticated, proper for telling the plot of a quickie romance that is bred at a mayors' convention in San Francisco. Clark Gable is the honest mayor of a northern California city. Story brings Loretta Young, the equally honest mayor from New England, into antagonistic contact.

Key to the City is a noisy, wise-cracking comedy. Dialog is flip and pseudo-sophisticated, proper for telling the plot of a quickie romance that is bred at a mayors’ convention in San Francisco. Clark Gable is the honest mayor of a northern California city. Story brings Loretta Young, the equally honest mayor from New England, into antagonistic contact.

Together they strike sparks despite character opposites, become involved in unwelcome adventures that keep them in and out of jail, and find love on the fog-shrouded Telegraph Hill.

George Sidney’s direction captures the noisy convention atmosphere and keys the entire movement in that vein. Raucousness was the best method of selling the yarn and keeping the laugh punchy.

Key to the City

Production

M-G-M. Director George Sidney; Producer Z. Wayne Griffin; Screenplay Robert Riley Crutcher; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor James E. Newcom; Music Bronislau Kaper

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Clark Gable Loretta Young Marilyn Maxwell Frank Morgan Raymond Burr
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