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Gable was the only son of an itinerant oil-field worker, and his mother died when he was not yet 10 months old. He grew up in Ohio and reportedly dropped out of high school at age 16. Gable held various jobs before embarking on an acting career in his early 20s. While in Oregon, he became the protégé of veteran actress Josephine Dillon, who coached Gable in poise and elocution and paid for his orthodontic work. Although 17 years her junior, Gable married Dillon in 1924, about the same time he began to land small roles in silent films. His first big break came whe

Among Gable’s most successful films for MGM during this period were Red Dust (1932), Strange Interlude (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), Hold Your Man (1933), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), and Men in White (1934). Despite his macho persona in such films, Gable’s screen presence was largely nonthreatening: his magnetic smile and playful winks rendered him a charming rogue who did not take himself too seriously. Although Gable himself maintained a self-deprecating attitude toward his own talent throughout the years, he often proved himself most competent in demanding roles and was equally deft at romantic comedy and epic drama

Stardom: It Happened One NightMutiny on the Bounty, and San Francisco

In 1930 Gable’s performance in a Los Angeles stage production of The Last Mile brought him to the attention of Hollywood producers. Although he failed his first screen test at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—in part because producers thought Gable’s ears were too big for a leading man’s—his supporting performance in the low-budget western The Painted Desert (1931) convinced MGM executives of Gable’s talent and screen presence. The actor garnered public attention with his aggressive masculine performances in such films as A Free Soul and Night Nurse (both 1931). This forceful persona—equal parts “man’s man” and “ladies’ man”—helped make him one of Hollywood’s top stars within a year.

As punishment for refusing a role, MGM lent Gable to Columbia Pictures—a studio then known derisively as “poverty row”—for the Frank Capra comedy It Happened One Night (1934). The punishment turned out to be a coup for Gable, as the film—the story of a spoiled runaway heiress (portrayed by Claudette Colbert) and the newspaper reporter (Gable) who tries to exploit her story—swept the Academy Awards in all five major categories: best picture, actress, director, and screenplay and best actor for Gable. Many of Gable’s best films of the period were either those he resisted doing or those that were made on loan-out to other studios. He did not feel himself right for the role of mutineer Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), yet the film proved hugely popular and earned Gable another Oscar nomination. Also in 1935 he played Jack London’s hero in Call of the Wild for Twentieth Century Fox; during filming he had an affair with Loretta Young, and she had a daughter later that year, though Gable was not publicly revealed as the father until well after his death. He reluctantly accepted the role of rakish political boss Blackie Norton in San Francisco (1936), one of the most praised and popular films of Gable’s career. It was also the first movie in which he costarred with Spencer Tracy; they would also team in the hit films Test Pilot (1938) and Boom Town (1940).

 

Wary of period films after flopping in the costume drama Parnell (1937), Gable at first declined the role of Rhett Butler in David O. Selznick’s production of the Margaret Mitchell best seller, Gone with the Wind (1936). As the book had been the best-selling novel of all time, Gable also felt that no screen adaptation could live up to the expectations of the general public. Studio coercion and widespread public demand compelled Gable to reconsider, and the resulting film was, and remains to this day, one of the most popular movies ever made. The grand epic-scale four-hour Civil War melodrama, which was released in 1939, won the Oscar for best picture (during what many historians consider to be the benchmark year for Hollywood filmmaking), and Gable garnered his third Oscar nomination for the role with which he is most associated.

During the filming of Gone with the Wind, Gable married (1939) actress Carole Lombard. The couple had met on the set of No Man of Her Own (1932), though they did not begin dating for several years. After two failed marriages, Gable appeared to have found his perfect mate in the gifted comedienne. However, his happiness was short-lived. In 1942 Lombard was killed in a plane crash while returning home from a war bond rally. The business of making movies suddenly seemed frivolous to the devastated Gable, who walked away from his Hollywood commitments to join the Army Air Corps, even though he was well past draft age. He served as a tail gunner during the war, making him a greater hero than ever in the eyes of his fans, and attained the rank of major. Gable returned to films upon his discharge, but the joyous insouciance of his earlier performances was largely absent in the films he made after Lombard’s death.

Gable made several good films during the 1940s and ’50s, but none rank as classics. With the possible exceptions of The Hucksters (1947) and Mogambo (1953), the best of Gable’s later films were those he made near the end of his career, including Band of Angels (1957), a Civil War potboiler in which he played a plantation owner; Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), a tense submarine adventure in which Gable costarred with Burt Lancaster; and the romantic farces Teacher’s Pet (1958), with Doris Day, and It Started in Naples (1960), with Sophia Loren.

Gable’s final film, John Huston’s The Misfits (1961), was his best in many years and features one of Gable’s finest performances, but it is a film clouded by tragedy. It was the final movie for both Gable and Marilyn Monroe, two of Hollywood’s most-enduring icons, and it was one of the last films for the gifted Montgomery Clift. Gable, who insisted on doing his own stunt work for grueling scenes involving the roping of wild horses, died of a heart attack within days of the film’s completion.

Clark Gable, in full William Clark Gable, (born February 1, 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, U.S.—died November 16, 1960, Los Angeles, California)

15.Command Decision

Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1948

Directed by: Sam Wood

Command Decision is a 1948 war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson and Brian Donlevy and directed by Sam Wood, based on a stage play of the…

 

14.Mogambo

Grace Kelly, Clark Gable

Released: 1953

Directed by: John Ford

Mogambo is a 1953 American adventure/romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly and featuring Donald Sinden. The film was adapted by John Lee..

13.No Man of Her Own

Clark Gable, Carole Lombard

Released: 1932

Directed by: Wesley Ruggles

No Man of Her Own is a 1932 romantic drama starring Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as a married couple in their only film together, several years before their own legendary marriage in real life. The..

12.Teacher’s Pet

Clark Gable, Doris Day

Released: 1958

Directed by: George Seaton

Teacher’s Pet is a 1958 American romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Doris Day. It was directed by George Seaton and co-starred Gig Young and Mamie Van Doren.

11.Never Let Me Go

Clark Gable, Gene Tierney

Released: 1953

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Never Let Me Go is a 1953 MGM romantic adventure film starring Clark Gable and Gene Tierney. The picture was directed by Delmer Daves, produced by Clarence Brown, from a screenplay by George…

10.Boom Town

Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr

Released: 1940

Directed by: Jack Conway

Boom Town is a 1940 American adventure film starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, and Hedy Lamarr, and directed by Jack Conway. The supporting cast features Frank Morgan, Lionel..

9.San Francisco

Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1936

Directed by: D. W. Griffith, W. S. Van Dyke

San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark Gable,..

8.The Call of the Wild

Clark Gable, Loretta Young

Released: 1935

Directed by: William A. Wellman

The Call of the Wild is a 1935 American adventure film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie. Based on Jack London’s novel of the same name, the film..

7.Run Silent, Run Deep

Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1956

Directed by: Robert Wise

Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The title refers to “silent running”, a submarine..

6.Mutiny on the Bounty

Clark Gable, David Niven

Released: 1935

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the..

5.Red Dust

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1932

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Red Dust is a 1932 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor. The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Wilson..

4.The Misfits

Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable

Released: 1961

Directed by: John Huston

The Misfits is a 1961 American drama film with a screenplay by Arthur Miller which was directed by John Huston. It stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach and..

3.It Happened One Night

Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

Released: 1934

Directed by: Frank Capra

It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father’s thumb,..

2.The Tall Men

Clark Gable, Jane Russell

Released: 1955

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

The Tall Men is a 1955 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan. The 20th Century Fox film was produced by William A. Bacher and William..

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1.Gone with the Wind

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International..

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