‘San Francisco’ shakes up Silver Screen’s April offering

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The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues Saturday, April 7, with “San Francisco,” from 1936. As audiences  anticipate the spectacle of the 1906 earthquake, they’re treated to Clark Gable’s hard-nosed independence; Spencer Tracy’s wise, priestly intervention; and Jeanette MacDonald’s innocence and powerful singing. 

Blackie Norton has enemies everywhere, but he doesn’t care. This irreverent, charismatic icon of the sinful Barbary Coast knows what he wants and how to get it. At the moment, he wants to be mayor, and to romance innocent newcomer, singer Mary Blake. Three people scheme to make these goals difficult for him: his best friend, Father Tim Mullin; Blackie’s sworn enemy, Nob Hill scion Jack Burley – in love with Mary himself; and Mary. Mary can’t decide what she wants: to sing opera or marry Blackie. Blackie insists she choose.

Ambition and frustration pale, however, in the face of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. Suddenly, only survival counts – survival and human connection.

The movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Presented by the library, the movie is free. Call (530) 878-7938 or visit

The next scheduled movie is “Shanghai Ex-press,” on May 5.