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Gable and Lombard (1976)

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

Director:

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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They don't make love like this anymore...But...two of Hollywood's greatest stars did - and this is their hilarious and touching story! See more »


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R | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

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

Steve McQueen and his first wife, Neile Adams, were offered the chance to star together in this film. McQueen was quoted as saying. "Neile's no Lombard and I'm no Gable." They turned down the offer. Other sources claim the tandem of McQueen and second wife Ali McGraw turned the film down. See more »

Goofs

Even though Gable is seen in uniform when Lombard's plane crashes, he didn't actually enlist in Army Air Force until six months after her death. 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 The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »

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A Lie So Bad, Why Bother Telling It?
21 November 2006 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Have you ever heard a lie so supremely unbelievable (based upon what you know), you feel insulted and wish the teller were a better liar? That's how I felt suffering through the first 30 minutes of "Gable and Lombard". Historical inaccuracy upon historical inaccuracy tarnishes this telling of the love between two of Hollywood's brightest stars. There' nothing histrionically bad here (despite Clayburgh's terrible miscasting), production values are exceptional; yet movies such as "Gable and Lombard" can be career killers, and the producers deserved to lose every penny they invested. While no one's career was completely killed, James Brolin (who actually does a pretty good job) was never offered another major film role. Sidney J. Furie, who impressed so much with "The Ipcress File," "The Appaloosa" and "Lady Sings the Blues" found himself directing "Superman 4: The Quest for Peace" and the "Iron Eagle" series. Ironically, Jill Clayburgh, given her near inept performance as Carole Lombard, fared the best, snatching up hit roles in "Silver Streak," and Oscar nominations for "An Unmarried Woman" and "Starting Over." Clayburgh's problems playing Lombard are not entirely her fault; Clayburgh is simply not classy enough or pretty enough to play Lombard. Much of Lombard's appeal was her ability to handle vulgar material in a classy way. Coarse language can seem almost charming, depending upon how it's delivered. Lombard could pull it off for the same reasons Katherine Hepburn could do it, because she had the refinement.

Since I didn't finish the movie, I won't rate it. "Gable and Lombard" is okay as fiction, but I would have greatly preferred it had the writer stayed as closely as dramatically possible to the true story.


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