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From July 1941:

“[Clark Gable] never once–literally or figuratively–stepped on my toes in the midst of a key scene,” said Miss Russell [of working with Clark in “They Met in Bombay”], “He never tried to ‘throw’ me by altering his actions or his voice unexpectedly. And he never once gave me that superior ‘down the nose’ delivery calculated to unbalance a player opposite. I’ve encountered that elsewhere too.”

Miss Russell further explained that Gable never sought to maneuver her into ungraceful or disadvantageous positions–position which would give the audience an uninterrupted view of the back or her neck while she was speaking her best lines!

“On the contrary,” she said, “Gable pointedly gave me every break, and once halted production to demand a change in the script so that certain ‘business’ involved in his contributions to the scene would not detract from interest in mine.”

“Yes,” Miss Russell summed up, “definitely I like working with Clark Gable.”

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From May 1940:

“Gone with the Wind” [director Victor Fleming] is now directing Clark (Rhett Butler) Gable in “Boom Town”–and thereby hangs a chucklesome anecdote. Seems that Clark, who unmercifully ribbed Fleming during the filming of “Gone” by charging him with slave-driving tactice, has been harping on the same theme during “Boom Town.” The other day, with visitors on the set, he commented loudly on the “cruelty” Fleming displayed by making him carry Vivien Leigh up a flight of stairs 22 times or “GWTW.”  “Clark,” retorted the director, “I’ll let you in on a secret–just to prove that ribbing often backfires. The third take was okay–you carried her upstairs the other 19 times for exercise!”

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From December 1940 (Jimmie Fidler):

I like Clark Gable’s philosophy: “When I can’t take what is dished out to me, at the dough I’m paid, I’ll be so ashamed of myself that I won’t have to be fired–I’ll quit!”

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From July 1936:

A script clerk’s job apparently seems very unimportant–until something goes wrong. For instance: We were “picking up” an exterior night shot. Hundreds of extras were called and many “bit” people were on the set. Suddenly [director W.S.] Van Dyke asks, “Did Clark Gable have the gloves on or off as he was leaving the Paradise night club when we shot it the other day?”

There’s a dead silence. Clark remembers. He thinks he had them on. His valet, who usually stands by, says he was on an errand the day we shot the interior. The assistant director and the property man had been so busy that day they had not noticed it. The wardrobe man says Clark did have on the gloves.

“Definitely NO!” rules the script clerk, who has to know.

Another item was a watch chain. Did he or did he not wear the watch chain? Handkerchiefs are always a nuisance, too. As it is difficult to match exactly how much of the handkerchief protruded from the pocket, and to remember whether it was worn with a particular suit, there’s a worry.

Clark, however, is always a “honey.” Always punctual, pleasant, knows his business, likes his work, cooperates with the script clerk and–briefly–is the script clerk’s delight.

 

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From December 1940:

Clark Gable NEVER orders the “Clark Gable Salad” on the MGM cafe menu.

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The Clark Gable Salad consisted of green chicory chopped with romaine, a deep covering of hard-boiled eggs and a circle of slivered beets with French dressingYuck.

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From October 1941:

Carole Lombard was “burned up” today over radio movie gossip reports that 1. She was critically ill, And 2. That she was going to get a divorce from her husband, Clark Gable. 

She was perfectly well, said Miss Lombard, and neither she nor Mr. Gable had any intention of getting a divorce. They had just returned from a hunting trip to South Dakota. “We heard these reports on the radio of the car coming home,” said Miss Lombard. “But it was when we arrived and the calls began coming in that we got really angry.”

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From November 1941:

Carole Lombard is a girl who keeps her promises. When she and Clark Gable were married she said that she would never make a film while Gable was on vacation–since she wanted to travel and hunt with him. Recently she was signed to star in the Lubitsch-directed film, “To Be or Not To Be.” But Gable is still on vacation–so she starts to work the day he starts work in his new film, “Somewhere I’ll Find You.”

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From February 1937:

Carole Lombard’s birthday present to Clark Gable was an automobile trailer to carry his saddle horse. Being practical, Carole sent the blueprints first for Clark to okay. The trailer will be constructed along deluxe lines and will hook onto the back of the star’s new station wagon.