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Clark Gable died 55 years ago today, at the age of 59. A heart attack struck him just days after finishing his final film, The Misfits, and a second one stilled his heart ten days after that.

You can read more about his death and funeral here.

See where he is buried here.

The Misfits hit movie screens on February 1, 1961, on what would have been Clark’s 60th birthday. Clark had seen a rough cut and had declared it the best thing he’d ever done. Director John Huston and co-star Marilyn Monroe were both interviewed by the press around this time, and shared their memories of the late great Clark Gable.

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John Huston, Arthur Miller and Clark Gable on the set of The Misfits

Director John Huston Pays Warm Tribute to Clark Gable

by Bob Thomas

Associated Press, January 17, 1961

Hollywood–John Huston had just put the finishing touches on his two-hour tribute to Clark Gable.

The director had viewed the final version of “The Misfits” and made a few minor changes. Then it was sent to the labs to rush prints for a mass release next month. His work finally behind him, he relaxed over marinated herring and a beer and talked about what turned out to be the most publicized film in recent years.

“I think Clark is great in it,” said Huston, a man with a long, weathered face and a gray skull cap of hair. “He liked the part. He thought it was the best he had had in 20 years.

“Our first desire was to get the picture out in time for the Academy Awards because I felt sure he’d be nominated. It would have been nice to have it happen while his memory was still fresh. but the picture would have suffered if we had hurried that much. So next year he can be nominated.

“Marilyn Monroe is excellent in it, and Monty Clift is fantastic. Yes, I am very happy with the picture.”

Would he work again with Marilyn?

“I don’t think there’s much I can add to the vast literature about Marilyn,” he said evasively. “I can’t cure the world’s ignorance on this matter. When people talk about her, they are generally talking about themselves. They don’t really know her.”

About Gable, Huston said: “I had known Clark for a number of years but never very well. I had the impression of him as having a kind of implacability, even a lethargy. I discovered in working with him that this was only a facade.

“Underneath he was very earnest, even eager to please. Whenever he had a call, he was always on the set a half-hour early, always ready with his lines. Only once did he ever blow up.

“That was due to a misunderstanding about whether he was called for a rehearsal. His wife had to fly from Reno to Los Angeles to see the baby doctor, and he wanted to go with her; he was more excited about having a baby than anything in the world. She went alone, and he found out he wasn’t needed on the set after all. He blew sky high.

“The rest of the time, everything went smoothly. We started at 10:30 in the morning because of Marilyn and he was always there at 10. He worked until 6 but would have stayed later if we needed him. He was in his best shape in years and seemed extremely happy in marriage.”

Clark was not nominated for The Misfits, as it turned out. The film didn’t receive any nominations at all;  I think if Clark and Marilyn had both lived longer, it would not have the iconic position it does. It’s really just an okay movie if you take the cloud of death hanging over it away. Clark is excellent in it though and the Academy should have thrown a posthumous nomination his way; they have definitely wasted nominations on less worthy performances many times before and since.

Next, Marilyn Monroe:

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Marilyn Monroe Tells: “I Remember Clark Gable”

By Victor Sebastian

Family Weekly, February 26, 1961

Thousands have asked her about the “King,” but she has remained silent; now she tells Family Weekly readers about the man who was her “only hero” as a lonely child—and as a famous actor.

It has been hard for Marilyn Monroe to bring herself to talk about Clark Gable. Since that shattering 4am phone call from a reporter who awakened her to announce Gable’s death, she has resisted press efforts to discuss what are very poignant memories to her.

She made one stunned, horrified statement at the time of the tragedy about what a wonderful man he had been—what a rich and rewarding experience it had been to work with him. But that was all.

Now she has been persuaded that there are many people who, not fortunate enough to have known him personally, feel deeply about him and were grieved at his passing. So she agreed that, if her own memories have such meaning to people, she would talk about him.

This what she recalls most vividly about Hollywood’s beloved “King”:

“There was never any impatience or annoyance in Clark. There was only concern—real concern for me. I remember the flowers Kay (Gable) and Clark sent to me when I was in the hospital—a huge bouquet, very elaborate. I remember there were pink doves—many of them. And such a sweet, warm note.

“I’ll remember these things. And I’ll remember his cheerfulness arriving at work early in the morning when nobody is cheerful. And his jokes—he always had a joke for me. I looked forward to them.

“He appreciated women. I think that was one of the strongest elements of his attraction to them. Nobody was more of a man’s man than he was—but he appreciated women.

“Most of all, he was a man. I don’t mean just that he was virile, exciting, vibrant—he was all of those things. But he had sensitivity, too, and tenderness, and he wasn’t afraid of those qualities.”

As Marilyn Monroe talked about Clark Gable, it was obvious that this wasn’t just an actress talking about an actor who had played opposite her in a movie; Clark Gable meant much more than that to Marilyn Monroe. Actually, he never fully realized what it meant to his blonde costar to be playing opposite him in “The Misfits.”

“I always thought some day when Clark and Kay were sitting together—some relaxed time—I’d be able to tell him. I don’t know how he would have reacted if he had known how important he had been to me all those years. I think he would have understood. That was a wonderful thing about Clark. He understood me. I don’t know why. He cared about everything. I think he knew that I cared, too.”

Clark gable came into the life of Marilyn Monroe when she was seven years old.

“I was fascinated by Jean Harlow. I had white hair—I was a real towhead—and she was the first grown-up lady I had ever seen who had white hair like mine. I cut her picture out of a magazine, and on the back of it was the picture of a man, I pasted his picture in a scrapbook—just his picture. There was nothing else in the book. It was Clark Gable.”

Marilyn was a very lonesome little girl, and she was imaginative and idealistic, too. A child like this, with no father of her own, is apt to substitute a “father image”—a sympathetic teacher, a kind neighbor, someone who seems to possess the qualities of the idealized father she never had.

With Marilyn, this ideal was in the man grinning with such careless dash from the pages of that magazine. And then he was a shadow on the screen. In Clark Gable, the little girl saw all the strength, masculinity, and charm of any child’s ideal parent.

Screen shadow he may have been, but Clark Gable was much more real to this little girl than just a movie fan’s “crush”—and he continued to be as real to her through the movie years to come. “Mutiny on the Bounty” was the first. Later there was “Gone with the Wind.” Marilyn saw that epic over and over.

After Marilyn Monroe had become a star herself, she once told a reporter about Gable’s influence on her childhood years, but she had no idea whether Clark ever read the story. Even then, she had not met him. While she was making movies at 20th Century Fox, he was at MGM. Neither moved in Hollywood’s party circles.

“Once he signed a deal with 20th Century Fox for a couple of pictures,” Marilyn recalls. “I went to Darryl Zanuck and asked him couldn’t I please be assigned to a Gable picture. But nothing came of it.”

At Last They Meet

The time finally came when Marilyn met Clark Gable face to face. It was at a party given at Romanoff’s restaurant in honor of the opening of her movie, “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn was with a group of people when somebody tapped her on the shoulder and the unmistakable voice asked, “Miss Monroe, may I have this dance?”

Marilyn wheeled. Gable stood there grinning—not Rhett Butler or Fletcher Christian now, but Clark Gable himself.

“I nearly collapsed. I’m sure I must have turned the color of my red chiffon dress. I don’t remember what I said or if I said anything. But I remember thinking, wouldn’t he be surprised to know how I really feel about him?”

They danced. It was a very casual meeting. There were no others until last year when, in discussing “The Misfits,” which was being written by Arthur Miller and in which Marilyn was to star, it became obvious that the leading male character was developing in such a way that it could be played by only one star—Clark Gable.

Even after Gable had read the script, conveyed his excitement and enthusiasm about it to Miller and director John Huston, and agreed to play the role, he and Marilyn didn’t actually meet until they arrived in Reno, Nev. to begin the picture.

Then he came over to her. “I don’t know why this hasn’t happened before—our playing together. It’s really overdue.” He laughed as Marilyn told him about her meeting with Zanuck when she begged to be cast in a Clark Gable picture. “We’ll make up for it this time,” he promised her.

He Was All ‘King’

“He was everything I had expected him to be. They called him the ‘King,’ you know, and he was like that—he had a quality that commanded respect and admiration. I never saw anyone who had such an effect on everyone with whom he worked. The crew loved Clark. And he had that magnificent masculinity. But my biggest surprise was when we started our work together. That’s when I realized what a real actor he was. That’s when I became aware of his tremendous sensitivity. But, of course, that was what attracted me in the first place.

“Kay Gable and I became very close. She used to come out to the set and call to me, ‘Hey, how did Our Man do today?’

“I’d laugh, ‘Our Man? I must say you are generous, Kay.’ And it was a joke between us always. ‘Our Man!’

“There are so many things I’ll never forget about Clark Gable. Little things, incidents, moments. His unfailing politeness. He was one of the greatest gentlemen I have known. He had concern for everyone.

“I had gone direct to ‘The Misfits’ from another picture. I was exhausted. I fought illness most of the time I was working on the picture. I had to go into the hospital for a couple of days. ‘Rest yourself,’ he’d say. ‘Do like I do—take it easy.’

“He had a great interest and feeling for other actors. We talked about them. About Marlon Brando, for instance. I’ve always felt Brando had a Gable quality in his maleness, yet had complete individuality, too. Clark believed, too, that Brando was the finest young actor of our day.

“Clark saw a rough cut of ‘The Misfits’ on the next-to-last day of shooting. He was so happy and thrilled. I hadn’t been able to go, and he was so excited as he told me how well it had turned out. He told me that he thought it was the best thing I had ever done and that it was the best thing he had done since Rhett Butler.”

Marilyn Monroe remembers one more thing. It was the last day of shooting. Gable, whose last role was one of his most strenuous, had done something which Marilyn considered “valiant.”

She walked over to me. “Do you know something?” she said. “You’re my hero. And I never had a hero before.”

Remembering Clark Gable today, February 1, 1901-November 16, 1960.

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Here is a letter that Clark Gable’s widow Kay Williams Gable wrote to Marilyn Monroe on April 11, 1961:

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Dearest Marilyn,

How about our little ‘carbon copy lover boy’–I am certain you have seen his press pictures. Just exactly like Clark. The ears are too close to his dear little head–I’ll fix that dept. later.

Do let me know when you plan to return to California–I’ll let you be second nanny in charge. Later you may take him fishing. Guess I will be the one to teach him to shoot ducks. My work is really cut out for me. I feel certain his dearest father is watching his every move from heaven.

I miss Clark each day more, I’ll never ever get over this great loss, but God has blessed me with my three dear children and precious memories Clark and I shared together.

Went to confession after 24 years–(hope the priest did not call the cops) seriously you can’t imagine how much this has helped me. Prayer helps, when I start to fly apart.

I plan to spend the summer at our ranch with John Clark. Joan and Bunker will be off to summer camp.

It would be so pleasant if you could spend some time with us, bring Joe too if you wish. Very private at our happy home.

I love the beautiful plant you sent to the hospital.

Have seen pictures of you in the paper, was pleased to see you looking very well. Do take care of yourself.

I should talk. I broke three stitches, lost my voice. My Dr. gave me hell for overdoing, then to top it all, he keeps reminding of my age–John Clark doesn’t seem to mind my age.

Give my best to Mae.

I hope this letter finds your heart full of happiness.



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In a Nutshell: The Misfits (1961)

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Directed by: John Huston

Co-stars: Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Synopsis: The last film of two icons of the screen, The Misfits is a poetic end to the careers of both Gable and Monroe. Gable is Gay Langland, an aging cowboy in Reno who avoids responsibility and anything tying him down. He and his buddy Guido (Wallach) run into Roslyn (Monroe), a depressed ex-dancer who is in Reno getting a divorce. She’s been staying with Isabelle (Ritter) to establish her residency requirement for the divorce. They all have nowhere to be and no one to answer to, so they decide to head out to Guido’s house in the Nevada desert. Although Guido actively pursues her, Roslyn falls quickly for Gay, and he for her. They decide to stay at Guido’s house alone and live there together. But Roslyn’s delicate sensitivity and Gay’s hard-headed masculinity don’t see eye to eye and their differences show themselves on everything from killing bunnies eating their garden to worrying about their friend Perce (Clift) getting hurt in the rodeo. The final straw is when Roslyn accompanies the men on a trip to round up wild mustangs, or “misfits” for dog food.

Best Gable Quote: “Just head for that big star straight on. The highway’s under it, it’ll take us right home.”

Not At All Fun Fact: Gable suffered a heart attack three days after completion of the film and was diagnosed with coronary thrombosis. He died just days later, on November 16, 1960, after suffering a second heart attack.

My Verdict: A poetic and fitting goodbye. The Misfits is far from a perfect film, but his performance is a divine send-off.Look everyone, see, I can really act! I always could!” And in that same vein it feels like we were cheated out of more such performances. The film itself is preachy and talky, like a poem that goes on too long. It is a bit painful to see Clark looking so deteriorated.  Decades and decades of heavy smoking and drinking and taken their toll and instead of looking like his actual age of 59, Clark looks more like 70. Marilyn’s ghosts were beginning to show and her performance is more because of it–the fluff and glitter were stripped away. Who would have ever guessed that this would be the last film for two legends.

Gable, Monroe and Clift were indeed perfectly cast as a band of wandering misfits.


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And that does it, folks! All of Clark Gables films! Two months and all 66!


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It was on November 4, 1960, 53 years ago today, that Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe filmed what would be their final scene ever onscreen. Sitting in the cab of a pick-up truck and gazing at the night sky as they traveled through the desert, Marilyn inquires, “How do you find your way back in the dark?” Clark, in a grainy and rather husky tone, responds, “Just head for that big star straight on. The highway’s under it, it’ll take us right home.” The music swells, the screen fades to black, and two stars are gone from us.

I’ve had many a Clark Gable fan say to me that they can’t bear to watch The Misfits because Clark looks so sickly. I agree that he does. It has always puzzled me how his widow, Kay, and others have been quoted as saying he was in perfect health at the time and what a shock his heart attack was. He looks nearly like a skeleton, it’s rather haunting. Maybe when you’re that close, you just don’t see what others on the outside see.  Decades and decades of heavy smoking and drinking and taken their toll and instead of looking like his actual age of 59, Clark looks more like 70.

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My favorite shot of Clark Gable on the set of “The Misfits”

Declining appearance nothwithstanding, we have Magnum photographer Eve Arnold to thank for the iconic images taken on the Reno set of the film. Arnold, easily one of the most prolific female photographers of the century, lived to be 99, dying just last year. In her obituaries, she is labeled over and over as the woman who took some of the best pictures of Marilyn Monroe. Arnold had a decades-long friendship with Monroe, and ultimately photographed her from her early starlet days until her early demise.  Arnold was much more than a Monroe photographer, however.  She took breathtaking shots of everyone from poor migrant workers and the homeless to JFK and Queen Elizabeth II. Of this varied career, Eve said, “I don’t see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary; I see them simply as people in front of my lens.”

Eve’s work on The Misfits  would be considered gorgeous regardless, but the fact that we are gazing at a man who was in the very last days of his life makes it even more haunting. Monroe would live for a while longer, dying in 1962, but The Misfits was her final finished film.

View some of Eve’s work below.

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From August 1955:

Everybody at 20th Century Fox studio has been unhappy about Marilyn [Monroe], including Clark Gable. She was supposed to be his leading lady in “The Lumberjack and The Lady,” and the king was looking forward to playing opposite the Lady of the Calendars. What  combo they’d make!


First I’ve heard of this project or even the prospect of Clark starring with Marilyn in 1955. Interesting. They’d have to wait five years…


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This article is one I found during my recent trip to Los Angeles. It was published in the Los Angeles Times to commemerate Clark Gable’s 100th birthday. I particularly enjoyed this article because it is very casual in style–just the author describing what Clark was like while he talked to him. An interesting glimpse inside the man. Particularly funny is the description of Clark trying to run a simple errand and getting accosted on the street:

A few minutes later he came out of the elevator wearing a double-breasted, camel hair wrap-around coat, a tan, wide-brim fedora hat, and the Gable grin. He was taller and more rugged looking than I had expected, every inch of his 6 feet the movie star. I introduced myself and we shook hands. He headed out the Park Avenue door with me following. I’d expected a limo to be waiting, but he started walking briskly uptown with me alongside. We exchanged some pleasantries about the cold weather. He asked me if I liked guns.

“Not much,” I said. “I had an M1 slung over my shoulder for three years as an infantryman.”

“I was in the Air Corps myself,” he said.

Someone shrieked, “Clark Gable!” Within minutes we had a small crowd following us. By the time we had reached 57th Street and Madison Avenue, the crowd had become a parade. Gable seemed as unconcerned about them as drum major leading a band.

We entered Abercrombie & Fitch followed by the entourage. A man wearing a green apron over his black suit, obviously expecting Gable, greeted him with a handshake and led us to the elevator. Someone blocked the door to allow us to get in alone. We went up one flight and entered a room furnished like a hunting lodge, which in a way, it was…

While we were stopped for a light at Madison Avenue and 50th Street, a woman on the corner shrieked, “Clark Gable!” Before the light changed, traffic was stopped and a hysterical mob of women were trying to open the cab doors. Gable managed to lock them. He sat calmly, smiling and waving, until the police arrived and cleared the crowd.

 Somewhere, in some source that can obviously not be trusted, I read that Clark was rude to his fans. That can not possibly be true, as stories like the one above seem to be the norm, not the exception. No matter how crazy the fans got, Clark kept his cool and knew that he was where he was because of them and he always appreciated them.

A few years later, the reporter visited Clark at his home in Encino.

We went into the living room where Martin, his houseman, brought us iced tea in huge highball glasses. I asked Gable what he thought of the continued success of GWTW.

“Those revivals are the only thing that keeps me a big star,” he said. “Every time that picture is re-released, a whole crop of young moviegoers get interested in me.”

“What do you remember about the film’s premiere in Atlanta?” I asked.

“You should have seen the way those Southern belles looked at Carole. She was so damn beautiful.”

“How did the audience react to that first screening?” I asked.

“You’da thought I’d won the second Civil War for the South. The Atlanta papers called it the biggest news event since Sherman.”

I shifted uneasily in my seat as I made notes. “Back problem?” Gable asked. I nodded.

“Me too,” he said. “Let me show you some exercises. First thing is to never get up from a chair without resting your hands on your knees first and pushing up. Don’t just stand up.” He demonstrated some of the exercises he did when his back troubled him. 

The interview ended because his fifth wife, Kay, had returned from grocery shopping and he wanted to help her carry in the “grub.” He stood on the front porch waving goodbye as I drove away.

Awww. I love that he said that about Carole. He could have said anything first, but he said how beautiful Carole was. Clark truly had a love-hate relationship with Gone with the Wind. In many ways he was thankful for it, as it kept him popular. But in others he felt it limited him and also he was rather bitter about not getting a share of the profits.

A few years after that, the reporter meets up with Clark on the set of The Misfits.

Much of the picture was to be shot in the blistering desert 50 miles from Reno, where the temperature sometimes rose to 135 degrees in the afternoon. I went there to report on the filming. When I arrived on the set, Gable was sitting in a director’s chair under an umbrella that afforded little shade from the boiling sun, and waiting impatiently for Monroe to arrive for a scene with him. He was dressed in worn jeans, battered boots and a worn cowboy hat for his role as a middle-aged cowboy although he was then 59. He’d recently lost 30 pounds and he looked fit, although I’d heard he had a heart problem and Parkinson’s. He waved me over and offered me a sip from a bottle of whiskey he was holding. His hand and head were shaking.

“My doctor would kill me if he knew I was drinking in this heat,” he said, “but I’m so goddamned bored hanging around waiting for Marilyn to show up. I know my lines and hers ass-backwards and I’ll bet the farm she doesn’t have a clue about hers when and if she does show.”

“How do you like working with Marilyn?” I asked.

“On or off the record?”

“Off,” I said.

“She’s the rudest, most impossible actress I’ve ever worked with.”

 That’s interesting, what he said about Marilyn. No surprise he felt that way, I am sure most on the set did. He was apparently nice to her in person but that isn’t the first time I have heard him complain about her. Also, this isn’t the first time someone said Clark had Parkinson’s. I have heard several people mention the shaking he had in the last years of his life. If he did have Parkinson’s, it was undiagnosed; it was not listed on his death certificate as a pre-exisiting condition and he wasn’t taking any medication for it. Kay claimed that before his heart attack, he had never been sick the entire time they were together.

Read the article in its entirety in The Article Archive.

 Roosevelt Hotel

Opened in 1927 and situated diagonally from Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, the Roosevelt Hotel is a well-known Hollywood landmark. It was named for Theodore Roosevelt and was financed by Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Marilyn Monroe lived here for two years and did her first photo shoot in the hotel’s pool area. Other notable residents include Clara Bow, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Harold Lloyd…you name them, they probably stayed at, or least partied at, the Roosevelt. Of course, this includes Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who frequently rented out the penthouse before they were married.

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The Roosevelt Hotel in 1949

The room rates actually aren’t too expensive, usually ranging from $200-$300 a night for a normal room. (Trust me, in Hollywood, that’s not bad.) That Gable and Lombard suite, however, will knock you back $3,500 a night. Clark paid $5 a night back in the 1930’s (and probably complained about that high price!)

From the hotel’s website:

 The Gable Lombard Penthouse, located on the top floor of the hotel is where the infamous affair between Clark Gable and Carole Lombard began. This 3,000 square foot duplex has three spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, a living area, dining area, and full service kitchen. The 1,000 square foot rooftop deck is situated under the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Sign—offering sweeping views of Los Angeles. The Penthouse can accommodate up to 200 people, and is the perfect setting for intimate gatherings and special events.

Snazzy. I did inquire about seeing the penthouse at the front desk, but they said that it was booked for a wedding. Bummer for me.

 We walked around for a while and went inside the upper level of the Blossom Ballroom. The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held in this room in 1929. It wasn’t until I returned from my trip that I read that the Blossom is supposedly haunted. People hear the piano being played when nobody is in there and there are reports of the lights moving and figures in tuxedos appearing and disappearing. Not knowing this information beforehand and standing in this room, my friend and I both immediately felt that the air became chillier when we entered and we both got goose bumps. There was something unsettling about being in the room. I’m not sure who said it first, but one of us said, “Don’t you feel like someone is watching you in here?’ I don’t know where I stand on the idea of ghosts, but I tell you, if anyplace is haunted, this room IS.

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Blossom Ballroom

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Blossom Ballroom

The First Academy Awards in the Blossom Ballroom in 1929

The First Academy Awards in the Blossom Ballroom in 1929

Allegedly, Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe haunt different areas of the hotel as well.

 We didn’t see any famous ghosts, but we wandered the halls.



A few days ago I went to the TCM Moguls and Movie Stars exhibit in Atlanta.



 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing a bit of Hollywood history to five cities across the United States this fall as part of a special tour tied to the network’s landmark seven-part documentary series, MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD, which premieres Monday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET).

The multimedia exhibit was created to let film lovers across the country experience the MOGULS & MOVIE STARS series through interactive displays on the history of filmmaking in America. The exhibit will feature unique memorabilia, including an Oscar® statuette for Casablanca and a costume worn by MOGULS & MOVIE STARS narrator Christopher Plummer in the Oscar-winning film The Sound of Music (1965).

The MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit will debut in Atlanta on Oct. 18 and deliver Hollywood glamour and history to New York, Denver and San Francisco before making its final stop in Los Angeles. TCM will partner with various local cable affiliates throughout the duration of the tour. “TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS exhibit allows us to bring a touch of Hollywood magic to fans across the country, while also offering a peak at the incredible stories that will be highlighted in the documentary series,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TNT and TBS.

In addition to the Casablanca Oscar and Plummer’s costume from The Sound of Music, the exhibit will feature a dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939); a red jacket worn by Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953); a vest and coat worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921); an original bound script from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942); a signed check from MGM to John Gilbert, the highest paid star in the silent film era; a vintage camera from the silent film era; and a demonstration of a zoetrope, an early precursor to motion pictures.

The immersive exhibit also includes interactive panels that represent different aspects of the documentary series, including The History, The Moguls, The Movie Stars and The Audience. Fans will be able to experience classic movie imagery, film facts, MOGULS & MOVIE STARS clips, touch screens with photographs of rare memorabilia from the studio era, classic movie trivia and a poll about favorite studio-era films.

The following is the complete schedule of TCM’s MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD exhibit tour:
• Atlanta (Oct. 18-20): Phipps Plaza
• New York (Oct. 25-26): Grand Central Terminal
• Denver (Nov. 4-6, during Denver Film Festival): King Center
• San Francisco (Nov. 11-12): Embarcadero Center
• Los Angeles (Nov. 18-20): The Grove


The Exhibit




 I took the “Essential Movie Poll” on this touch screen and of course voted Gone with the Wind #1. It said that so far others had voted Casablanca #1 and Gone with the Wind #5. Imagine that, in Atlanta! Hmmm…don’t agree…


Leading Men display


My personal favorite leading man


Leading Ladies display (nope, no Carole Lombard)


Clark and Vivien pictured on the back of one of the displays




A 1920’s video camera


Check written to John Gilbert from MGM in 1926 and endorsed


Original script from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), with James Cagney and Joan Leslie


Best Picture Oscar for Casablanca



Marilyn Monroe’s outfit from Niagra (1953)



Picture of Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits on the back of one of the displays


Rudolph Valentino’s costume from The Sheik (1921)



And, last but certainly not least, the “Shanty Town” dress from Gone with the Wind.