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'San Francisco' (1936)
The early disaster film from famed director W.S. Van Dyke ("The Thin Man") follows the budding romance of Clark Gable's "Blackie" Norton and Jeanette MacDonald's Mary Blake. He is a rough-around-the-edges gambling tycoon, and she, a singer with a voice that could almost soften the hardiest of hearts. But then the earthquake hits -- the film is set during San Francisco's major 1906 quake -- and Blackie's tough-talking world doesn't seem so important.