‘Motion Picture,’ May 1941: The Gables as gagsters   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.05.23 at 01:23
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Whether or not you agree that Clark Gable was the great love of Carole Lombard’s life, it’s obvious that they enthralled the public during the nearly six years of their romance/marriage. Not only were each major stars with larger-than-life looks, but both were popular in the film community for their down-to-earth personalities.

But another thing that endeared Clark and Carole to millions of moviegoers was that each had a great sense of humor, and loved to play “can you top this” gags with each other, as if they were the leads in a real-life screwball comedy. Gladys Hall, one of the top fan magazine writers of her time, decided to review the Gables’ gags in an article for the May 1941 issue of Motion Picture:

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It’s possible Hall may have embellished a few of these gags, but we do have proof of some of them. For example, here’s Carole on the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” set, getting Gable’s vegetable-laden key to the city:

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There are all sorts of fascinatingly funny anecdotes in Hall’s story — several “Parnell”-related gags, as might be expected from Carole, her “no sir, just hams” reply to a patrolman who had stopped the just-married couple after they had crossed the state line into California, the woman Gable erroneously kissed while visiting Lombard following her appendectomy. (And just to remind us the gags were a two-way street, there’s the story of the “newspaper gown” comprised of negative Lombard reviews that she received as an anniversary present.)

What a fun couple, one I’m sure many average American couples wished to emulate…in gags if not in looks.

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