1950: Just Call Him King

2 comments on “1950: Just Call Him King
  1. Margaret says:

    This is a very interesting article if it is indeed as I presume written by Loretta young.
    Loretta is full of praise for Clark and seems to have nothing but admiration for him.
    This doesn’t sound like a woman who was date raped.
    Although I never believed them statements made by Loretta’s daughter in law it is even more clear now that the story of the date rape isn’t true.
    Sometimes I think gable might have doubted the paternity of Judy, maybe Clark wasn’t sure he was the father. Wasn’t Loretta pining after spencer tracey before she went on the set of call of the wild. Maybe gable justified walking out on Judy to himself by doubting his paternity. This along with the fact that both his and Loretta’s careers would have been finished by the truth coming out. I think Loretta pushed him out and only wanted financial assistance. Either way we will never know but I do think Judy looks more like Clark than john Clark who is his mother’s Double.

  2. Heather Miller says:

    The article allegedly written by Loretta Young sounds like she kept her assessment of Gable strictly professional. Her comments dealt mostly with his acting ability and what she admired about the way he approached his craft and his strong sense of work ethic.

    Not sure how the previous commenter concluded that it “doesn’t sound like a woman who was date raped.”

    What was Young supposed to say? Would it have been more appropriate of her to have included a scathing assessment of her co-star and father of her child?
    Was she supposed to do a tell-all, Jerry Springer Show style piece stating what really happened on the train ride from Mount Baker, Washington, and request a paternity test?

    Perhaps she was trying to protect her daughter Judy?

    Young was a star in her own right with a hefty movie star salary to more than support Judy, so it’s a little far fetched to say she only wanted financial assistance.

    Oh, and kudos to Linda Lewis, Loretta’s daughter-in-law, for having the courage to go public with a crucial bit of information that changes the story quite a bit. That’s not an easy thing to do. For several years Loretta carried the burden, believing she was 100% to blame. It appears she wasn’t at fault. “Date rape” wasn’t even a term in the 1930s, so she truly had no words to describe what had happened until many years later.

    It’s truly unfortunate Loretta Young felt, because of the time she lived in, that she had to keep hidden a very real, very personal struggle and go through it alone.

    I think it’s touching that her daughter-in-law honored her mother-in-law in the best way possible. By going public with Young’s experience, Lewis added the voice/perspective (Loretta’s) that was missing for so long from the story of her life, and now there’s a greater sense of empowerment in Young’s account than ever before.

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