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San Francisco (1936);
Libeled Lady (1936)

San Francisco (1936)
January 22, 2012 - 7:00 pm

San Francisco (1936)

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke

A priest in hedonistic San Francisco, Tracy is the perfect foil for Barbary Coast saloonkeeper Clark Gable. When hungry, virtuous Jeanette MacDonald becomes a chorine in Gable’s joint, much to the priest’s disapproval, she finds herself a pivot between the morally opposed men. Basically saddled with a sexless role, Tracy imbued it with an understated but undeniably passionate fervor that greatly increased his prestige.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Producer: John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman. Screenwriter: Anita Loos. Cinematographer: Oliver T. Marsh. Editor: Tom Held. Cast: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Ted Healy.

35mm, b/w, 115 min.

Print courtesy of George Eastman House

Libeled Lady (1936)

Directed by Jack Conway

Faced with a libel lawsuit against the newspaper where he works, Tracy’s ace reporter recruits his colleague William Powell to undo the damage. Litigious socialite Myrna Loy, called a home wrecker in the press, will now be tempted by a “married” man in order to make the story true and the lawsuit baseless. A sparkling ensemble comedy in which Tracy holds his own admirably.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Producer: Lawrence Weingarten. Screenwriter: Jack Conway. Maurine Watkins, Howard Emmett Rogers, George Oppenheimer. Cinematographer: Norbert Brodine. Editor: Frederick Y. Smith. Cast: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly.

16mm, b/w, 98 min.