The New Pictures, Feb. 13, 1950

Key to the City (MGM) demonstrates that Clark Gable still cuts a manly figure in his underwear, still generates the tough, swaggering charm that made him a durable favorite of U.S. women moviegoers. To get Gable's clothes off and otherwise display his talents, M-G-M has slapped together a harum-scarum comedy that tries anything for a laugh, and sometimes succeeds. But the effort is more conspicuous than the fun.

As the strong-arm mayor of a luckily fictitious California city, Gable is an ex-longshoreman who keeps political scamps in line by dumping them into the...

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