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Key to the City (MGM 1950, Clark Gable, Loretta Young)



Key to the City is a light comedy-romance about a couple of small-town mayors who meet at a big convention in San Francisco. Their Honors Clark Gable (a former longshoreman) and Loretta Young (a prim and proper Harvard graduate) toss the barbed remarks after being arrested in a nightclub brawl, but meanwhile they’re falling in love.

Key to the City was the final film of esteemed character actor Frank Morgan. Morgan, who died at 59 soon after completing the film, is best remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

production details
USA | MGM | 101 minutes | 1950
Director: George Sidney
Script: Albert Beich, Robert Riley Crutcher,

James Gleason as Sergeant Hogan
Raymond Walburn as Mayor Billy Butler
Loretta Young as Clarissa Standish
Frank Wilcox as Councilman (uncredited)
Jack Elam as Councilman (uncredited)
Marilyn Maxwell as Shelia the ‘Atom’ Dancer
Ruth Clifford as Mrs. Anderson (uncredited)
Frank Morgan as Fire Chief Duggan
Emory Parnell as Council Chairman
Raymond Burr as Les Taggart
Edward Gargan as S.F. Cop – Fire Escape (uncredited)
Marion Martin as Emmy
Bert Freed as Emmy’s Husband
Clark Gable as Steve Fisk
Lewis Stone as Judge Silas Standish
Pamela Britton as Miss Unconscious
Zamah Cunningham as Mrs. Butler
Clinton Sundberg as Mark Mont Desk Clerk
Clara Blandick as Liza, Silas’ housekeeper
Marvin Kaplan as Francis – Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse as Mayor (uncredited)