Romantic drama combines with humor, starpower combines with lavish spectacle and the walls come tumbling down! This Academy Award-winning extravaganza's street-splitting, brick-cascading, fire-raging recreation of the cataclysmic earthquake remains "oneof the greatest action sequences in the history of cinema, rivaling the chariot race in both Ben-Hurs" (Adrian Turner, Time Out Film Guide).Clark Gable plays rakish Barbary Coast kingpin Blackie Norton. Jeanette MacDonald portrays asinger torn by her love for Blackie and her need to succeed among the operagoing elite. Earning the first of nine career Best Actor Oscar nominations, Spencer Tracy is a priest who supplements spiritual advice with a mean right hook. He urges Blackie tochange. But if love and religion can't reform Blackie, Mother Nature will.