July 18, 2011
Gangster John Dillinger was shot down by G-Man Melvin Purvis outside of Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, after watching a movie — naturally, it was a gangster flick, "Manhattan Melodrama. " MGM was quick to capitalize on the Dillinger connection to publicize the film. But "Manhattan Melodrama" caught audiences' and critics' attention even before Dillinger was gunned down. Clark Gable and William Powell play lifelong friends on opposite sides of the law. Available on DVD, "Manhattan Melodrama" is fast-paced summer entertainment.
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March 21, 1997 |
The years that movie stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent in the San Fernando Valley were some of their happiest--and for Gable, their most challenging. The pair got married shortly after Gable's epic turn as Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind" in 1939, during Lombard's run of uproarious screwball comedies typified by Howard Hawks' "Twentieth Century" in 1934.
January 28, 2001 |
Few actors in modern times have come close to the fame and glory of Clark Gable, the original macho man of movies for three decades. Gable stamped his image indelibly on the public consciousness in 92 motion pictures including "Gone With the Wind," one of the most popular films of all time. Although not the greatest actor in the world, nor the most handsome, Gable was probably the most popular romantic star Hollywood ever produced.
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December 16, 1996 |
Call it an expensive case of being star-struck. On Sunday, during still another auction of Hollywood memorabilia, an unidentified buyer shelled out more than $850,000 for Clark Gable's only Academy Award and a copy of the script that "The King of Hollywood" consulted in the making of "Gone With the Wind." Gable's 12-inch-tall gold-plated Oscar for his leading role as a wisecracking newspaper reporter in 1934's best picture, "It Happened One Night," went for $607,500.
May 8, 1994 |
When Judy Lewis used to watch Clark Gable movies with her teen-age friends, she had no clue that Gable might be her father. "It never would have dawned on me," she said. "Why would I ever think such a thing?" Yet many in Hollywood were thinking just that. Even her best friends had heard the rumor from their parents, but no one dared tell her. Jack Haley Jr., a pal from high school days, said: "Our whole group knew who her parents were--and we knew she did not know.
February 16, 2001 |
The King is a hundred years old. Clark Gable, who would be celebrating his centenary this year, died in 1960, but the King of Hollywood, as the actor was known, continues to cast a long, dark shadow over the movie landscape. The kingdom may well not be what it once was, but the figure of the King is set permanently in our subconscious.