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Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Clark Gable, the Scandal That Wasn't

Clark Gable married five times, slept with nearly all of his co-stars, and cheated on everyone. In just about every movie in which he plays the romantic lead, he cajoles, spanks, slaps, or otherwise mistreats the object of his affection. In other words, he’s a bastard, but he’s one steamy bastard. And he challenged the image of the leading man in 1930s Hollywood, offering a barrel-chested alternative to the fleet-footed likes of Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He looked very much as if someone had taken a swarthy pirate, given him a facial, parted his hair to the side, trimmed his mustache, and put him in tails. Years before Brando popularized the menace and gravitas that characterized a new generation of male stars, there was Gable, and shit did he smolder.

For all of Gable’s bad behavior, he never got caught. Apart from whispers and scolds in the gossip columns, his image remained relatively untarnished. His affairs — and the fruit of those affairs — were kept under wraps by the skillful Fixers at his studio, MGM. An action is never de facto scandalous: It becomes scandalous when it challenges the status quo. What’s fascinating about Gable, then, is how a womanizing drunkard remained free of scandal — and what made it so easy to do so.

Gable took a roundabout route to Hollywood. After a childhood in Ohio, he dabbled on the stage, eventually finding his way to Portland, Oregon, where he hooked up with a theater manager 17 years his senior. The woman was the first in a string of older women who took care of Gable, paid his bills, and helped him get jobs. In return, he cheated on them constantly. This one essentially made Gable movie star material: She paid for him to fix his teeth, cut and style his hair, and trained him out of his girly voice. They moved to Hollywood, where Gable paid his dues as an extra in silent films and toured with a stage company (his job: “servicing” theater star Jane Cowl). He traded in the first ingratiating woman for a second, wealthier one, and eventually earned a contract with MGM.

But the studio didn’t quite have a handle on his image, casting him as an unrepentant villain and a laundryman. This was akin to casting Channing Tatum as a bad guy or smart person, when everyone knows he should only be taking off his shirt and/or doing dance moves, preferably while in the rain. Even cast in the wrong roles, Gable was remarkable. MGM’s head of publicity thus decided to further refine Gable’s image, capitalizing on his rural past and six-foot frame to create Clark Gable, The Lumberjack in Evening Clothes.

In the early ‘30s, this combination of the savage and the civilized would have been tremendously appealing. This image, like so many in Hollywood, underlined movies' ability to transform the ordinary, midwestern, hard-working American. But Gable also represented a new type of Hollywood male: something less European, more American, less cosmopolitan, more rugged — all at a time when the growing Depression and the national frailty it betrayed called for popular idols who seemed to promise that the nation was still potent, white, and burly.

Gable was paired with every female star in the MGM stable: Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford. At this point, Crawford was already Hollywood royalty. Not only had she proven herself a “hey hey girl” second only to Clara Bow, she was married to Douglas Fairbanks Jr. — son of Douglas Fairbanks and step-son of Mary Pickford, the ruling couple of silent-era Hollywood. Now, I realize that when you read “Joan Crawford” images of Mommie Dearest and freaky Granny-face flash before your eyes, but make them go away and think of THIS girl instead.

According to Crawford, the first time she met Gable “it was like an electric current went through my body ... my knees buckled ... if he hadn’t held me by the shoulders, I’d have dropped.” JOAN, I TOTALLY KNOW THE FEELING. That’s how I reacted when I realized the man next to me in hot yoga was Matt Saracen/a.k.a. QB1 of my heart, only he didn’t reach out and steady my shoulders in downward dog.

Thus began an on-and-off again affair that would last through eight films, three decades, and several marriages and divorces — just never to each other.

Gable and Crawford were so brazenly into each other — we’re talking early stages of Brangelina — that the honchos at MGM demanded they stop seeing each other, lest Gable’s apoplectic second wife go to the press. If the pair refused, MGM would activate the morality clauses in both of their contracts, and both stars would be out of a job. This was obviously a huge bluff, as MGM would never sacrifice two of its most valuable stars. But the studio needed to wrangle the two, especially since the fan magazines had begun to insinuate to millions of movie-goers what all of Hollywood knew to be true.

At this point, Gable was appearing in dozens of films, gradually accumulating more and more favor, perhaps most notably as a sweaty, stubbly, man-amongst-men opposite a negligee-clad Jean Harlow in Red Dust.

Then, in 1934, he appeared in It Happened One Night. Now take a deep breath, because I am going to say something that will blow your mind: THIS FILM MIGHT BE BETTER THAN GONE WITH THE WIND.

I know! Controversial! I realize that Gone With the Wind is a historical melodrama for all time. I realize it has great clothes. I realize it has motherfucking color. But It Happened One Night, like all the best screwball comedies from the 1930s, relies on wit, banter, charm, and well-placed physical comedy. It is a piquant delight to Gone With the Wind’s heavy souffle drenched in cream. Plus: THE HITCHHIKING SCENE!

You will love this movie, even if you really only love looking at the way Claudette Colbert’s eyebrows refuse to move. But whether or not you agree with me (and, believe me, I am already applying my internet armor for the attack that will come in the comments) what matters is that the film was a smash. It won the “Big Five” Academy Awards (Pictures, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress), including Gable’s first win. And it reaffirmed Gable as a huge star — and one of MGM’s most valued assets.

Which is also why MGM was so keen to cover up what came next. In 1934, Gable started filming Call of the Wild with child star-turned-ingenue Loretta Young. Young had been appearing in films since she was three years old, and by age 17, she had already eloped with her 26-year-old costar. The marriage was annulled a year later, leaving Young free for future exploits.

Young was by all accounts an early version of Mandy Moore in Saved!, only minus the praise songs and feathered hair. Case in point: She carried around a “swear jar” on set and demanded that every time someone cursed on set, he/she pay a quarter “for the nuns.” (Spencer Tracy’s reply: “Here’s a twenty, sister. Go fuck yourself.”) Which isn’t to say that Young didn’t get around — she totally did — she just played the religious virgin card to her benefit. Gable, still married, still on the prowl, and so not her apparent type, must have been hard to resist.

(Oh hey Loretta, wanna go back to our trailers and make out in our matching wolf coats?)

Cut scene, fade to black, and return with Young pregnant with Gable’s child. Most stars in her condition were hospitalized for “exhaustion” or nerves (read: got abortions), but the Catholic Young refused. Instead, she pulled what might be the greatest Hollywood non-publicity stunt of all time.

1) She hides the pregnancy.

2) When she begins to show, she flees to England “on vacation.”

3) When people start asking where the hell she is, she says that she’s dealing with a “condition from childhood.”

4) She somehow smuggles herself back to her mom’s house in Venice, California, where she gives birth. I’m picturing nuns in gray, with lots of whispering and pulling of the drapes.

5) She sends the baby to an orphanage, trims herself down, and goes back to work.

6) 19 months later, she tells Louella Parsons that she plans to adopt “two babies” and embrace the life of a single mother.

7) She picks up her daughter at the orphanage, then tells the press “Oops! Second baby got reclaimed, Imma just adopt this one baby WHO LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE MEEE!!!!” (This might be the point when Mandy Moore in Saved! drives her minivan into the tree).

8) She refuses to tell her daughter the identity of her real parents, even when the daughter’s HUGE CLARK GABLE EARS betray her true identity to all of the world. (According to lore, the daughter only learned that Gable was her father when some grade school brat told her so.)

But again — and this is crucial — no matter how much people gossiped about this child’s ears as she grew older, it was a rumor, not a scandal. Young, working with the help of the MGM Fixers, wove a tale that seemed believable.

Jump to 1939. Gable divorces wife #2, marries comedienne/American sweetheart Carole Lombard, and became Rhett Butler. I’m not going to talk about Gone With the Wind much, other than to say that it was and remains the most successful movie of all time, and if Clark Gable wasn’t your star boyfriend before that movie, he certainly was afterward.

Gable was at the height of his career, with a new, glamorous, equally famous wife by his side. Sure, he was still a bit of a scoundrel, but he, like other rascally, unapologetically masculine men, found that the love of a good woman — a woman his intellectual and spiritual match — had reformed him. In this way, Gable, the man who made a game of sleeping with all the female talent on the MGM lot, was sold as Lombard’s doting husband.

The above picture is a publicity shot, but it sure looks genuine. And, of course, just because it’s a Hollywood love story doesn’t mean it wasn’t real. And in 1942, their marriage was immortalized when Lombard, on her way home from a War Bond promotional tour, was killed in a plane crash. Gable, devastated, went on a drinking binge, and enrolled in the Air Force. But this was no Prince Harry hidden in Afghanistan: Gable, like Jimmy Stewart and several other male stars, flew actual combat missions.

I cannot imagine how heroic this guy must have seemed. Here was Rhett Butler, tragic widower, flying for his country. But when he returned to Hollywood post World War II, the magic had gone out of him — or, more precisely, his type of masculinity no longer seemed exactly the right fit for the nation. His star dimmed as those of other actors with slightly more fitting images, whether John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Rock Hudson, or James Dean, eventually took his place.

So here’s the thing: Gable was essentially a manwhore. He was a drunk, a manipulator, and, most likely, a huge, albeit rather likable, ass. But MGM managed to channel that debaucherous energy into an image that was at once potent, compelling, and enormously attractive to men and women alike. He was the right kind of man for the right decade, and the meticulous machine at MGM made it easy to paper over the worst of his indiscretions.

In the end, Gable’s actions were no more or less “scandalous” than those of today — it’s just that the cover up was better. There was complete cooperation between the studios and the gossip entities, there was no paparazzi to speak of, AND THERE WAS NO INTERNET. Gable did what he wanted with little recourse, and he could do so because he was the biggest star in the biggest and best-run studio during a decade when America clung to movies and the stars in them. If you think about it, Gable probably had more sex than Justin Timberlake, Alex Rodriguez, and Brad Pitt, and he had that sex with Hollywood’s most beautiful women.

Most importantly, he didn’t have to pay for it, literally or figuratively. And before you argue that he got away with it because he was a man, recall that Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Mae West were doing the same thing, with men and women alike. If anything, the studio control meant that both sexes could exercise their sexuality, whereas today men get a (heterosexual) free pass while female celebrities get called desperate, slutty, cougars, or otherwise unruly.

Historians call the 1930s the “Golden Age of Hollywood.” They are referring, of course, to the films. But it was also the golden age of the star-making machine, a machine so well-oiled it could’ve polished Lindsay Lohan c. 2011 into a national treasure.

Sure, it was smoke and mirrors, and if you pay me $10, I’ll write you a solid Marxist critique of Hollywood Stars as New Opiate of the Masses. But I guess I’m kinda fatigued with dick-shot Twitpics and Jennifer Aniston’s half-assed attempts to conjure a romance with her latest co-star. Maybe just give me a good scandal cover-up for my grandkids to relish? A love child that doesn’t have anything to do with January Jones? I’ll wait.

Previously: Clara Bow, "It" Girl.

Anne Helen Petersen is a Doctor of Celebrity Gossip. No, really. You can find evidence (and other writings) here.



122 Comments / Post A Comment

JoanTition

It Happened One Night is the best movie of all time...
and my boyfriend and I may or may not have based our relationship on it as well

ANNNDDDDD THANKS FOR CLARK GABLE. God I love him.

Susanbell395

I didn't like "ItHappened One Night" way too silly for me and even to compare it with "Gone With the Wind is simply ludicrous.

heb
heb

I feel asleep last night wondering if we'd get one of these and who it would be about! [nerdalert]

stinapag

I really love this series. Thank you so much for doing it.

LMac

Please never stop writing these. As someone who has been known to spend a dull afternoon at work trolling Wikipedia for articles about dead movie stars, this is like being hugged by the burly arms of Hollywood itself.

Chairman Meow

Wait, no mention of Randolph Scott?

bitzyboozer

@Chairman Meow Wait, I thought that was Cary Grant? Who should also definitely get an entry in this series...

Lily Rowan

This is so good! And hot DAMN, Joan Crawford!

Also, can we get a picture of Loretta Young's daughter?

becky@twitter

@Lily Rowan then: http://pics.livejournal.com/cinemafan2/pic/000g7e93/s320x240

now: http://www.beforethehays.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/JudyLewis.jpg

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@Lily Rowan Judy

heather

@Lily Rowan There's a pic at this link: http://annettelaselle.com/2008/06/26/clark-gable-and-loretta-youngs-daughter.aspx. She is an EXACT mix of them both. Also, her book is pretty good. Loretta Young was a biiiiitch!
ETA: Ah, I am late on this!

Lily Rowan

THANKS you guys!

@becky@twitter WOW - it's uncanny, i love it!

jacqueline
jacqueline

@becky@twitter: Damn, wish I looked like a hot-lady version of Clark Gable.

vanessacp

@heather How was she a "bitch"? For being Catholic and not having an abortion, or for having Judy but not telling her the truth? And I love Clark, but he chose to have nothing to do with his daughter. He met her when Judy was a teenager and didn't even tell her. But *let's not judge*, we're neither Gable nor Loretta Young, we don't know all their possible reasons for acting the way they did. You really can't put yourself in her shoes for a moment?!

Monkey

I adore It Happened One Night but my takeaway form this post is basically "zomg if Matty Saracen was next to me in hot yoga i would die dead right there omg omg ahdskgsdfygerbjjadc."

lagreen

@Monkey I know, I know! Were you SERIOUSLY in hot yoga next to Saracen?!?!??! I NEED TO KNOW!

Anne Helen Petersen

@lagreen I WAS SO SERIOUSLY RIGHT NEXT TO MATT SARACEN AND IT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE.

Kristen

My personal wish is that Anne Helen Petersen would start another regular column in which she recounts over and over again - but with a different "spin" each time - the day she did hot yoga next to Matt Saracen. That is my favorite story of all time, combining as it does three of my favorite things: AHP, hot yoga and Matt Saracen. Maybe one column could give us a fuller description of the day in question: what did she eat for breakfast? did she spend the whole afternoon just telling her friends and listening to them scream, or did she take some time alone to savor the memory? And then another column could focus on the reactions of the other people in the class to the presence of Matt Saracen: were they excited? giggly? nervous? jealous of AHP's proximity to MaS? Did he talk to anyone after class?

I swear to God I am not being sarcastic. I love this story more than life itself.

Monkey

@Kristen OMG YES PLEASE REGULAR MATT SARACEN COLUMN.

Anne Helen Petersen

@Monkey The best part = Not a single other person recognized him. I had to tell accidentally bump into him and make him say "oh, I'm sorry" just to make sure it was his voice/actually him.

Monkey

@Anne Helen Petersen ACCIDENTAL BUMPING! GENIUS! GENIUS! I am very sorry to keep shouting but MATT SARACEN! HOT YOGA!

laurel

@Monkey I love that she bumped into him and yet he apologized. That's so... Matt Saracen.

Usually, I'm immune to that type, but his crooked smile kills me.

nogreeneggs

I love Saved! I died laughing thinking about Loretta Young throwing bibles at people and trying to exorcize them. Her "adoption" cover story is the best. Why can't stars be like this now?

Das Awesome

Thank you for this. My ankle hurts and I'm tired, and work is boring and I don't wanna be a grownup. Instead I am going to look at pictures of Clark Gable and sigh deeply.

OsGirl

Carole Lombard is my FAVE. I've seen some of her outtakes and she is hilarious. Filthiest mouth out of the prettiest face. I also love that she loved Clark Gable even though she had absolutely no illusions about him. For all of Clark's legend - he apparently had terrible breath due to his dentures and he was also no great shakes in bed.

Favorite Lombard quotes:

After Gable was deemed "the King of Hollywood": "If his pee-pee was one inch shorter, they'd be calling him the Queen of Hollywood."

Also, "God knows I love Clark, but he's the worst lay in town."

Bittersweet

@OsGirl: Agreed. Love those quotes! Everyone should see My Man Godfreyfor Carole Lombard, William Powell and a really trenchant perspective on soft-core 30s Marxism.

Claire Natkin@twitter

How is this not a premium cable TV show already? It's like Entourage + Californication + Boardwalk Empire but better. I would seriously watch this every day and have a crush on whoever they cast as Gable.

harpo

I just google image searched loretta young's daughter, and she literally looks like you just shmushed both of their faces together.

http://www.beforethehays.com/john-edwards-and-clark-gable-a-couple-of-baby-daddies/

I also think that all hairpinners with old movie stars as their pictures are contractually obligated to comment on this series.

Lily Rowan

@harpo It's true!

applestoapples

Wonderful column, as always. I remember my gran saying that the Gable/Crawford affair was unrivaled until Liz and Dick started their romance.
And also, swooning into Matt Saracen's arms is on my bucket list. Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy.

Jenn

Omg, love this article. I learned so much! Like who Jane Cowl was! She was "notorious for playing lacrymose parts"! I also learned was lacrymose meant!

Also -"It Happened One Night." Yes. The Best.

Kara Reynolds

I freakin' LOVE It Happened One Night. It IS madcap genius and Claudette Colbert had the secret to Botox before there was Botox. It is the only film I can stand Gable in. Gone with the Wind can suck it!

Kara Reynolds

I freakin' LOVE It Happened One Night. It IS madcap genius and Claudette Colbert had the secret to Botox before there was Botox. It is the only film I can stand Gable in. Gone with the Wind can suck it!

Anne Helen Petersen

@Kara Reynolds I cannot tell you how much I love this comment.

Kara Reynolds

@Anne Helen Petersen ANNE! I live for your Scandal entries. So fabulous. And I'm so glad Clarke turned out to be a bit of a douchelord. I hated Rhett Butler. In fact I even call an old boyfriend with a similar haircut 'Ole Rhett.' Cannot wait for your next piece!

monicamcl

I could not agree more re: It Happened One Night vs. Gone With the Wind. The fake fight in the hotel!!!! And how could you not love a movie in which Clark Gable says:

"I never did like the idea of sitting on newspapers. I did it once, and all the headlines came off on my white pants. On the level! It actually happened. Nobody bought a paper that day. They just followed me around over town and read the news on the seat of my pants."

Anne Helen Petersen

@monicamcl The fake fight is so so so so good.

becky@twitter

i saw a screening of 'gone with the wind' at the orpheum theater in memphis TN a few years ago. as one of the only northerners in the crowd, hearing "KILL THE YANKEE!" screamed at top notch when scarlet kills the soldier ranks as one of the scariest moments of my life.

Miranda@twitter

Matt Saracen is also QB1 of my heart, and I think I might have gone into semi-permanent savasana (fainted) if he'd been next to me in yoga class. Great column! I agree with you re: It Happened One Night.

kayjay

I'm pretty sure I said this before but, more. MORE.

Caryn Josepher

GREAT!!! Love this writer!!

scroll_lock

1. You are wrong about GWTW vs IHON. Wrong.
2. You may have DeathBreath Gable with his ill-fitting dentures and mangy 'stache while I have my way with Cary Grant- several times, with furniture being broken and walls destroyed.

Anne Helen Petersen

@scroll_lock Oh trust, I prefer Grant. But there was clamor for a Gable post, so I put him off -- when I do Grant there will be some AWESOME photos from the fan magazine spreads he did with his "roommate" Randolph Scott.

scroll_lock

@Anne Helen Petersen - Can't wait for that.

melis

YES to more scandalous gay Hollywood stories. Bogdanovich and chroniclers of his ilk always so huffy when you ask about the great roommates and companions of the 30s.

Caryn Josepher

Also, thank you for resurrecting my Clark Gable fantasies.

Katie Walsh

So when is the Scandals of Classic Hollywood book coming out? Or do I have to print out these posts and make my own?

heather

This is great! I love this series. Also, wasn't Clark Gable rumored to have HORRIBLE breath? I know there was an actor around that time who had terrible halitosis, and all the actresses who had to kiss him hated it. I think it was him?

Anne Helen Petersen

@heather Gable had horrible breath at various points when his dentures went "bad" -- his original teeth were apparently replaced by the original sugar momma.

fleurdelivre

AAAAAaaaaah! SO many good parts in this article! Matt Saracen, QB1 of my heart was totally unexpected. But I think my favorite part might be your last line.

linolanayseda

Girly voice? I want to hear that.

LotaLota

My favorite Gable story: Clark, the most desired man in the world (and he knew it) asks a young starlet out. At the end of the evening they head back to his house for a nightcap. Once there, he casually suggests, "Why don't you go upstairs and get undressed?"

To which she replied, "Why don't you go shit in your hat?"

Reader, he married her. Wife number five, Kay Spreckels.

becky@twitter

@LotaLota i long to have the courage to tell a bad date to shit in his hat someday.

"recall that Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Mae West were doing the same thing, with men and women alike" ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THIS INSTALLMENT.

shenannies

Helllooo Joan Crawford! I do NOT think of Mommie Dearest (although I watch the sh*t out of it) or freaky granny face (which I also watch the sh*t out of). Joan was goooorgeous.

bonchance

OH MY GOD I LOVE THESE SO MUCH

Kara Reynolds

@Anne Helen Petersen ANNE! I live for your Scandal entries. So fabulous. And I'm so glad Clarke turned out to be a bit of a douchelord. I hated Rhett Butler. In fact I even call an old boyfriend with a similar haircut 'Ole Rhett.' Cannot wait for your next piece!

Anne Helen Petersen

@Kara Reynolds OMG LOVE 'DOUCHELORD.'

Jennifer Tonti@facebook

Great work! Jeanine Basinger should watch her back.

rayray

This inspired me to watch It Happened One Night. I am half an hour and decided to take a break to make a cup of tea and thank you for introducing this to me. Also, fun fact, I grew up on the street where Cary Grant was born. (The internet would not allow me to reply to your Grant thread above).

Gnome Vagina

Oh my god! I asked for a Clark Gable post, and one was delivered! And you share my love for It Happened One Night! I know these things are unrelated, but I'm going to go on a laugh maniacally and clap my hands anyway! !!

Also: Quit bawlin'! Quit bawlin'!

Anne Helen Petersen

@Gnome Vagina I *did* write this as per your (and many other) requests -- I even had to do some really serrrrrious research which mostly involved deciding which poorly written and smutty biography was telling the best stories. More requests! They come true!

AndreaEssEmm

I LOVE these articles!!! (And the Gable-Young baby story is one of my favorite Hollywood scandals!)

Regarding Ms. Young's "swear jar", I read in a biography about Robert Mitchum that upon being told about the jar, and what Ms. Young charged per swear, he responded with, "That's fine, but what I want to know is, how much does Ms. Young charge for a fuck?"

I honestly can't blame the man for asking.

bitzyboozer

Totally with you on GWTW vs IHON. GWTW is a classic and a bona fide cultural phenomenon that everyone should see at least once (and trust, I went thru an obsessive phase with it in my youth, I'm no hater), but IHON is just so witty and sparkling and also has aged so much better. If you gave me the choice of watching one right now I know which one I'd pick in a heartbeat.

Faye Katsipanou@facebook

That was a fascinating read, "It happened one night" is one of my favourite films as well, i think it's way better than "Gone with the wind" and Gable is irresistible in it... And in everything else i've seen with him.It's that well known quallity-> big charmer+enormous ass = irresistible!
Holly Molly though, Lorreta Young had his illegitimate baby?
You've got to love hollywood and it's stories.

Rebecca K.@twitter

I love this to bits and pieces. I spent my childhood with my grandmother who watched only movies made before 1960 and had an encyclopedic knowledge of Old Hollywood scandals.

I think don't it's even fair to compare It Happened One Night to GwtW. I mean, they are both fabulous but for very different reasons--the only shared thread being Clark Gable's ridiculous masculinity!

Rosanne Marks@facebook

I've had a passion for Clark Gable since I was 16. Red Dust is a must-see -- and he made two versions. The first was Red Dust with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor and the second was Mogambo with Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner. Both are delicious.

Lucienne

You left out the rumors about his past as a gay hustler! Does this mean they're not true? My heart is broken.

Diana

Can you please please please talk about Gene Tierney and how a fan gave her rubella and gave her baby horrible defects and then she went crazy??? And apparently her biography is 2 Sassy 2 Quit.

Rebecca K.@twitter

Also? Could you pretty please cover Lana Turner in this series? Her daughter MURDERED her boyfriend! And my grandmother was *certain* Lana herself did the stabbing but had her daughter take the fall to save herself (and her career). Not to mention I think her own father was murdered (maybe Lana was a serial killer?)!

dancink

I'm happy to cough up that $10 for that Marxist essay, Anne!

(Yes, I finally came out of lurker state to sign up for an account just for this.)

Anne Helen Petersen

@dancink You could also just fork over $10 for a copy of Richard Dyer's amazing-fantastic Stars, which is heavily rooted in Althusser. This guy's basically the father of the way that contemporary academics think about stars (both in terms of semiotic and in terms of ideological significance). http://www.amazon.com/Stars-Richard-Dyer/dp/0851706436

Karla

OMG OMG! I just found the lost treasury! Love this article!

Karla

OMG OMG! I just found the lost treasury! Love this article!

Slapfight

Oh Clark Gable. How is he so swarthy and dashing, yet appears to be devoid of all passion? Every time I see him kiss a costar, it's just so...meh. I assumed he was gay, but apparently he was just notoriously lousy in bed. The pretty ones...

Bill Cwiklo@facebook

Interesting article. To believe Gable was that different with Lombard is sadly not true -- as much as Carole tried. A close acquaintance said of Gable, "Of course, Clark never really married anyone. A number of women married him, he just went along for the gag."

See:http://cinemafan2.livejournal.com/8154.html

BadderDenWicked

OMG! I love all your articles about the classic film stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Blushingflwr

I think that the reputation as a cad could only have helped GWTW. I mean, this makes him sound like he *was* Rhett Butler (who is welcome to carry me up any staircase he likes, any time)

La Lolita@twitter

I'm so devastated. I was naive enough to think that Clark Gable was as clean offscreen as he looked onscreen...pray tell, was there ever anything romantic between him and Vivien Leigh? I'm a Rhett+Scarlett fan forever. And thanks to you, I'll be watching It happened One Night.

samiqalab

get 2 tech It sounds, perhaps, like the accounts may have been set up so recently that perhaps the doc-sharing functionality didn't work as it normally does.   I don't have a fix for this, as it sounds like a Google infrastructure issue.

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antomoel

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Susanbell395

We can always talk about William Holden. This was a handsome man, but drink got to him and made him look like an old man at 45; the same with Tyrone Power.

linkaccu

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Phil Venih@facebook

Anne Helen Petersen, I love your style of writing... reading your words isn't like trying to understand someone else's thoughts, it's like thinking about your own.... if you ever write a book let me know.. I'll be the first in line to buy it.

samjohn4810

My personal wish is that Anne Helen Petersen would start another regular column in which she recounts over and over again - but with a different "spin" each time - the day she did hot yoga next to Matt website kanchipuram

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Gable was at the height of his career, with a new, glamorous, equally famous wife by his side. Sure, he was still a bit of a scoundrel, but he, like other rascally, unapologetically masculine men, found that the love of a good woman — a woman his intellectual and spiritual match — had reformed him. In this way, Gable, the man who made a game of sleeping with all the female talent on the MGM lot, was sold as Lombard’s doting husband.you have sharing very useful information keep it up.Bi-cycle stand

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