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Re: Clark Gable

Postby Rita Hayworth » July 25th, 2012, 12:46 pm

MissGoddess wrote:Gable is electrifying. I really think he is at his best in highly physical roles and in outdoor settings. He is too held-back in interior settings, which MGM kept him to for the most part. It isn't necessarily what he's doing (lots of stunts, sword fights, etc), it's the freedom that comes from a bigger setting that seems to unleash his energy. This proved true right up to his last highly demanding physical role in The Misfits


Interesting!

JackFavell wrote:I think you are so right, MissG! He's so physically commanding, even when all he's doing is standing with his hands on his hips, elbows out. I defy anyone to cross past Gable in that stance, if Gable didn't want them to. He's overwhelmingly strong. And I mean strong as a presence, not as a measure of health. He has an underlying vitality, a massive power behind his actions that we want to see unleashed.


Miss Goddess and Jack Favell ... I seen dozens of his films ... and I never noticed that until these two posts pops up in my mind. I was stunned by all this ... thanks for sharing this and I agree with both of you on this. He does commands a presence in all outdoor settings ... indoors cramps his style!

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby RedRiver » July 25th, 2012, 12:57 pm

The King was rugged. The story could take place in a modern day setting. But his character would be a test pilot, a wildlife photographer, an oil driller. Clark Gable does not sit in an office! Directors Jack Conway and Tay Garnett tapped into that presence with great results. TOO HOT TO HANDLE, HONKY TONK and the wonderful CHINA SEAS make the lifestyle alone fun to watch. His work with Victor Fleming goes without saying.

John Wayne was pretty much the same way. Rarely cast in a modern, non-military environment, when he was it was likely the story of firefighters, big game hunters, pilots. There was the occasional TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY. But that was a rare detour from THE BIG TRAIL. As I compare these two large, imposing figures, I can't help but think they were, give or take, the biggest movie stars ever! What does this mean? Who knows!

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby MissGoddess » July 25th, 2012, 1:34 pm

Red, Wayne's career was what I had in mind, too. I wish Gable had done more westerns.
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Re: Clark Gable

Postby kingrat » July 25th, 2012, 4:16 pm

Great observations about Gable. The irony is that he didn't grow up as an outdoorsman. It's my understanding that he asked the studio to find people to teach him to hunt, fish, etc., and they happily obliged. He made himself into the image he was playing (in a different way, so did Cary Grant). Gable's first two wives were considerably older than he was; he wasn't a natural ladies' man, either.

Gable has that quality they can't teach you in acting class: you want to look at him on screen.

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby RedRiver » July 26th, 2012, 12:33 pm

I love the story of Gable's first screen test. Studio executives were just about to throw it out. Then a secretary got a look!

I wish Gable had done more westerns.

This gives me an excuse to recommend the likeable LONE STAR! The climax is kind of a mindless shoot out. But the set-up, development and um...history (?) unfold in delightful fashion. It's a fun little ride.

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby feaito » July 26th, 2012, 2:00 pm

April, Is that Tippi Hedren on your avatar?

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby MissGoddess » July 26th, 2012, 3:35 pm

Red, it's nice to see a fan of Lone Star, though I confess I've been disappointed by it the two times I saw it, but it's been a while. Maybe I just expect more from a movie with two stars like Gable and Ava Gardner, plus Brod!

Yes, Feo, that's 'Tippi'. :D
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Re: Clark Gable

Postby feaito » July 26th, 2012, 5:09 pm

She looks very pretty.

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Re: Clark Gable

Postby movieman1957 » May 3rd, 2015, 9:58 pm

"But Not For Me" has shown up on Retroplex lately and I got a chance to watch it. Some of your everyone's older comments ring pretty true especially that nearly all of you haven't seen in awhile. I haven't either and remember almost nothing about it.

It was a role that fit Gable well. Lilli Palmer was wonderful and pretty much stole the movie. It was nice to see a congenial role for Lee J. Cobb too. Carroll Baker was fine as the young lady.

It is a comedy of sorts but not one that generates laughs as much as it is a good natured film. It is satisfying enough though it will not make anyone's best list.

What I like about Gable here is his vanity and then lack of it. He spends most of the movie denying his real age while initially still feeling himself too old for someone like Baker. He comes around though only to come to a realization that of how old he really is. The good sport in him allows a young picture of himself turn up and in a way tries to convince himself that he is still that guy. He comes to realize he is not. "I am 56 years old" he proclaims. Knowing now there is nothing to be done about it.

Those of you who have been looking for it check the Retroplex schedule and maybe it will still be around.
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