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Gable and Lombard (1976)

A biography about the love affair between 1930s Hollywood superstars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

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Sidney J. Furie

Writer:

Barry Sandler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brolin ... Clark Gable
Jill Clayburgh ... Carole Lombard
Allen Garfield ... Louis B. Mayer
Red Buttons ... Ivan Cooper
Joanne Linville ... Ria Gable
Melanie Mayron ... Dixie
Carol McGinnis Carol McGinnis ... Noreen
Noah Keen ... A. Broderick
Alan Dexter ... Sheriff Ellis (as Alan D. Dexter)
S. John Launer ... The Judge
William Bryant ... Colonel (as Bill Bryant)
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Hedda Hopper
John Lehne John Lehne ... Attorney Kramer
Robert Karnes ... Gable's Director
Betsy Jones-Moreland Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Party Guest
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A biography about the love affair between 1930s Hollywood superstars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

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Their romance shocked the world. And then made it laugh. And then made it cry. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Ídolos Também Amam See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable was indeed sued in a paternity suit and he did wind up in the courtroom. However, Carole Lombard did not come to Gable's defense. Gable was able to prove he was not in England where the conception was said to have taken place and the woman was sent to a year in jail for slandering his name. See more »

Goofs

Hedda Hopper approaches Gable at a party while Gone With The Wind is in production and, after making a reference to co-star Vivien Leigh, makes Gable promise she'll be invited to watch filming of burning of Atlanta. In reality, burning of Atlanta was first scene of GWTW to be shot and Leigh wasn't even cast at that time. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical version ends with Gable being driven away from the plane crash site, tearfully recounting a joke Lombard told him earlier in the film to lift his spirits. In the network television broadcast version, the joke is omitted, and it instead ends with a flashback to Lombard giving Gable a pep talk about standing together and fighting for their relationship. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.12 (2005) See more »

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It happened one decade...
23 January 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In the 70s after MGM compiled their wonderful THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT docos highlighting their musical treasure trove, other equally stocked companies decided not to do the same but actually make feature films about the same Hollywood history. So, instead of getting That's Fox or That's Paramount or Universal or Columbia (like the pubic actually wanted...and still do...) we were served new movies about old Hollywood. Enter GABLE AND LOMBARD (and WC Fields and Me, and Day Of The Locust...and Won Ton Ton The Dog That Saved Hollywood...and Hearts Of the West...and The Last Tycoon etc). Not as ominous as the proposed remake of Casablanca starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour, and nowhere near as 'bad' or 'wrong' as critics of the time cruelly labeled it, GABLE AND LOMBARD is a lush valentine to a fan mag style and memory of a period in time...rather like the production design of The Talented Mr Ripley is actually reflective of what Hollywood thought the jet set Mediterranean 50s were like as opposed to its fishing boat reality. As with At long Last Love, GABLE AND LOMBARD was slammed by crits and left to drown when without the bile and guffaw, there is a very entertaining biography with quite good casting and sensational visuals. Unfortunately for the producers, it was made when most everyone from the 30s were still alive and could spew on this film. Had it been made today, it would play 3000 multiplexes to a docile audience who struggle to know anything about 'the past' and be a $50million hit in week one by default of the TV ads and shopping center cinema location. I am sad not to see Jill Clayburg in films much past the 70s, like the superb Lee Grant she too can make an ordinary film watchable. In this case we have a great actress in a lavish (slavish) biography with sturdy James Brolin doing his damnedest not to be a dumb-Clark. As with WC Fields And Me this film deserves a better reception and a lush DVD transfer to be re discovered and appreciated. It's quite good.


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