Clark Gable: A Biography
Harmony Books, 2002 - 408
There really was a Hollywood, a place of fashionable men and gorgeous women and the all-powerful studio system that allowed them to defy the conventions that governed the rest of the country. Clark Gable arrived there after a rough-and-tumble youth, and his breezy, big-boned, everyman persona quickly made him the town's "King." He was a gambler among gamblers, a heavy drinker in the days when everyone drank seemingly all the time, and a lover to legions of the most attractive women in the most glamorous business in the world.
In this well-researched and revealing biography, Warren G. Harris gives us an exceptionally acute portrait of one of the most memorable actors in the history of motion pictures, as well as a sure sense of the milieu and the times of mid-century Hollywood. More than anything else, one is struck by the romance of the era--the glamour and the excess, the playfulness and the lust. The people who were Gable's intimates are legends in their own right: Loretta Young, Marion Davies, David O. Selznick, Jean Harlow, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Grace Kelly, and the list goes on and on.
Clark Gable reveals newly uncovered information about Gable's illegitimate daughter, his relationship with Joan Crawford, and his great love for Carole Lombard, his third wife.
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Even with many theaters reducing ticket prices to a dime or less, average weekly
attendance in the United States plummeted from 110 million to 75 million. Warner
Bros., Fox, and RKO suffered multimillion-dollar losses. Paramount was ...
By the end of 1948 nearly a million American households would have TV sets.
While that was only a drop in the bucket for a nation of 130 million, most of the
sets were concentrated in large cities, where it was easy to spot their potential for
In other words, Gable was guaranteed $400,000 for making the movie and would
later get 10 percent of rentals above $4 million. If the film brought in $10 million,
which was ultrarare in those days, Gable would end up with $1 million.
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CLARK GABLE: A BiographyRecenzja użytkownika - Kirkus
Veteran Hollywood biographer Harris, who wrote Gable and Lombard in 1974, now gives Clark Gable a thoroughly engaging bio all to himself.Born in 1901, the only child of an oil speculator in rural Ohio ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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A recent trend in Hollywood biographies is to abandon the tabloid style in favor of a more scholarly approach. These two new biographies on Clark Gable follow this trend. Harris (Gable and Lombard ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję
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