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An agreable surprise.
on 30 August 2015
I liked this film very much.
The setting is the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, and the arrarently rather wild and lawless life on the Barbary Coast there at the time. The story centers round an exceptionally talented soprano ( Jeanette McDonald), a disreputable club called "The Paradise" owned by Blackie Norton ( Clark Gable) and the Opera "The Tivoli", where the powerful jack Burleigh has interests. The two are both interested in the beautiful soprano, Mary Blake ( Jeanette MacDonald.
Consequently, there is a lot of singing in the film, both operatic and otherwise, but it is not a musical.
I am quite surprised that the sound is so good, considering the age of the film - 1936.
I had no idea that Jeanette MacDonalds voice was as good as that, and that she actually sang opera and was so influential as a singer. I have never seen any of her films before, and I think she is charming on the screen. Clark Gable is - well, he was called the king of Hollywood for a reason. Spencer Tracy is excellent as the priest, and the chemistry between the characters is very good. I will include Jessie Ralph - she had a small role as Mrs. Burleigh, and delivers a memorable interpretation of the rôle.
I am glad i bought this DVD, .