.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Monday, May 30, 2011


Clark Gable

It wasn't a coincidence that CLARK GABLE (1901-1960), born William Clark Gable, was called the King of Hollywood. Gable's acting talent seemed so natural that some thought it wasn't there. Hopefully this list will convince you otherwise.

Gone With the Wind (1939)Haven't you seen Gone with the Wind (1939)? I almost didn't suggest this one, since some feel this was the only role Gable did well, but you have to realize that the movie-going public of the 1930s wrote letters to Margaret Mitchell after Gone With the Wind came out saying that if Gable didn't play Rhett there'd be no movie, and they were right!

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Any Number Can Play (1949) He's a hard-boiled card shark with a heart of gold. This is one of Gable's "man's man" roles, one that only he could do so well.
Red Dust (1932) Gable and Harlow, heat up the screen in this early non-mustached performance by Clark. If you think you know Gable, see this one and reevaluate him.
Mogambo (1953) What other actor could reprise a heart-throb role 21 years later, and still be convincing? This is what Clark does here. This time around, he has Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner dying over him (and every woman in the audience as well). A remake of Red Dust and just as good!
The Misfits (1961) This is Gable's swan song (he died before it was released), and one where he proved his acting talent beyond a shadow of a doubt. It's an intense and sad film, but a superb piece of acting.

*Contributed by: "Sue Horn" Date: Sat, May 26 2001 / 15:32:13 PST

Academy Awards®
© A.M.P.A.S.®
1934 Best Actor in a Leading Role: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
1935 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
1939 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: GONE WITH THE WIND


  • Two other Clark Gable films to add are "It Happened One Night" with Claudette Colbert which was the first picture in Oscar history to win the 5 main awards - Best Actor for Gable, Actress for Colbert, Writing (Adaptation)for Robert Riskin, Director for Frank Capra and of course best film in 1935.
    The other is "Teacher's Pet" with Doris Day

    By Anonymous NINAM, at Fri Nov 25, 01:33:00 PM PST