Thursday, December 17, 2009

Favourite Gent Of The Day

The role Clark Gable is best known for is the one he almost didn't take - and the one that almost went to David O. Selznick's first choice of Gary Cooper if Cooper had not turned it down saying that , "Gone With the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I’m glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling flat on his nose, not me." No doubt, ol' Gary Cooper later ate those words.

Rhett Butler is the character Gable is most often associated with despite the variety of roles he portrayed in films such as 1933's It Happened One Night, 1931's Possessed and 1935's Mutiny On The Bounty. Clark Gable was not only nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor as the incredibly dashing Rhett Butler, he was also nominated for his impeccable role as Christian in Mutiny On A Bounty and he even won the coveted Oscar for Best Actor in It Happened One Night in which he co-starred with Claudette Colbert.

Called "The King of Hollywood" by Spencer Tracy, Gable would undoubtedly live up to that irrefutable title with the release of numerous popular films. Throughout most of the 1930s and the early 1940s, he was arguably the world's biggest movie star.

Even to this day, Clark Gable's image is plastered in our minds and, every time we watch Gone With The Wind, we prepare ourselves to be swept away just as much as Scarlett O'Hara by the devastatingly effective masculinity and the brooding, charismatic, passionate personality that was made alive for us all to witness in a character that truly was brought to life by Clark Gable.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of your best posts because Clark Gable is one of my favorite actors of all time. Even though he's best known for Gone with the Wind, he made a lot of really amazing films over the years. Great post on him. Have a fantastic Friday and weekend. Cheers!