Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed.

San Francisco
Mary Blake arrives at Blackie Norton's Paradise gambling hall and beer garden looking for work as a singer. Blackie embarrasses her by asking to see her legs, but does hire her. She faints from hunger. Nob Hill Socialite Jack Burley and Maestro Baldini of the Tivoli Opera House see her singing and offer her a chance to do opera, but Blackie has her under a two-year contract which she sorrowfully stands by. Later, when he makes up posters featuring Mary in tights, she does leave for the Tivoli. Blackie gets an injunction against Burley, but knocks out the process server when he hears Mary's performance as Marguerite in "Faust". She asks her to marry him and she agrees to go back to the Paradise as his kind of singer, but Blackie's childhood chum Father Tim intervenes. After Blackie slugs the priest, Mary leaves. She is soon the star of the Tivoli and Blackie's place is closed down. She sings a rousing "San Francisco" on behalf of the Paradise at the annual "Chicken Ball" and wins the $10,000 prize which Blackie throws to the floor. As she storms out of the hall a terrible rumble betokens the famous San Francisco earthquake. Buildings collapse, streets split wide open, the city burns, the army dynamites whole sections of town. After staggering around in a stupor Blackie finds Father Tim and the two of them find Mary at a Salvation Army camp. Backed by hundreds of others, they look out over the ruins which are gradually replaced by the shining new city with a reprise of the title song.

Wife vs. Secretary
Linda Stanhope isn't jealous of beautiful Whitey Wilson, secretary to her magazine publisher husband Van ... until his mother plants the seed of doubt.

Boom Town
McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsey comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.

Dancing Lady
Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities.

China Seas
Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary take over of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime.


Theatrical Releases: Various from 1935 - 1953

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC
Audio English (original mono), most have French mono DUBs
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33

Edition Details:

  • Mogambo
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 116 min.
  • San Francisco
  • Alternate ending sequence
  • Documentary profile: Clark Gable: Tall, Dark & Handsome hosted by Liam Neeson
  • Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk shorts: Cavalcade of San Francisco, Night Descends on Treasure Island
  • Classic cartoon: Bottles
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 115 min.
  • Wife versus Secretary
  • Vintage musical short: New Shoes
  • Oscar-winning Crime Doesn't Pay short: The Public Pays
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 87 min.
  • Boom Town
  • Vintage short: Hollywood Hobbies
  • Classic cartoon: Home on the Range
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 119 min.
  • Dancing Lady
  • Vintage musical shorts: Planet Nuts with Ted Healy and the Three Stooges, Roast Beef & Movies with Curly Howard
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 92 min.
  • China Seas
  • Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk short: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan
  • Musical short: A Girl's Best Years
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono
  • B&W, 87 min.

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2006

6 Keep Cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters: various




Well, the star of these 6 transfers is Boom Town which looks exceptionally good. On the bad side we have Wife vs Secretary which is quite dreadful. We have made individual comments in each separate review but in general I would say the Clark Gable Signature Collection is somewhat weaker than Warner's usual high standard. Of course we have no idea as to the condition of the original elements so I am placing no blame, but for those with anticipation of quality akin to some of Warner's past stellar boxset collections - you might be a tad disappointed. I still state that the entire collection is very watchable just with more visible earmarks than you might have expected. I had no problem with audio on any of the releases and all sport excellent optional subtitles !(English, French or Spanish). There are no commentaries, but certainly a large number of vintage featurettes. Of all - I enjoyed Clark Gable: Tall, Dark & Handsome (hosted by Liam Neeson) on the San Francisco disc the best. I kind of got a kick out of the musical shorts and TravelTalk supplements.

I had only seen one of the films before so I got a quick appreciation of Gable and found something worthwhile in every film. We recommend the boxset on the proviso that you do not set you sights too high in regards to the image. The majority of these films are in the neighborhood of 70 years old and hence having in any state on digital is a bit of a blessing. Enjoy these classic Hollywood features and all they have to offer.       

Gary W. Tooze


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Mogambo Directed by John Ford USA 1953

Starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly





San Francisco Directed by W.S. Van Dyke USA 1936

Starring Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy





Wife vs. Secretary Directed by Clarence Brown USA 1936

Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy and Jimmy Stewart





Boom Town  Directed by Jack Conway USA 1940

Starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr






Dancing Lady Directed by Robert Z. Leonard USA 1935

Starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone





China Seas Directed by Tay Garnett USA 1935

Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone and Rosalind Russell o






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