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Ckark Gabel in Band of Angels


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I enjoyed seeing this movie last night. It has been many years since I have seen it and I thought that I remembered it was in black and white. Did they colorize it? However, I was very distracted by Clark Gabel's teeth. Everytime they did a close-up it looked like the bottom two were black. I remember reading somewhere that he had dentures but it is surprising to me that they wouldn't have fixed them before they started filming. Did this bother anyone else?

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I like this movie though it to me is a guilty pleasure. There are some moments that are so fake, so unlikely, to predictable, but I like it anyway. One thing that stood out to me is the singing of Portier or not him anyway and not even close to the speaking voice of the actor. Then the shaking of Gable's hand when he draws a pistol and holds it on someone in one scene( which I'm not complaining about-it just caught my eye) this time I noticed when the wind kicks up and Manty can't close her windows and Hamish comes in to save her. Yavonne De carlo (Manty) is knocked to the floor trying to close the windows so Hamish (Gable) when comes in helps her up off the floor. It caught my eye that De Carlo jumps to her feet as the Hamish characters looks to be lifting her up. Regardless of all this though what first caught me about this movie is the pronounciation of the Yavonne De Carlo character's name. Some of the characters seem to call her Mandy esp. Gable and of course the others call her Manty or Amantha it was very confusing. Didn't notice Gable's teeth...maybe next time.


Edited by: gwtwbooklover on Apr 7, 2011 11:14 PM

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*I was very distracted by Clark Gabel's teeth. Everytime they did a close-up it looked like the bottom two were black. I remember reading somewhere that he had dentures but it is surprising to me that they wouldn't have fixed them before they started filming. Did this bother anyone else?*


That sounds like something a dental hygienist would say ;)


*Here's some Gable biopic trivia that you may find interesting.*


*Clark Gable*, also known as The King, was born: *William Clark Goebel* (later changed to Gable) on February 1,1901, in Cadiz, Ohio, USA, and died November 16,1960, in Los Angeles, California, USA, from a coronary thrombosis after suffering a massive heart attack.



*Josephine Dillon* (born 1884, died 1971) An acting coach and theater manager. Married to Gable from December 13, 1924 - April 1, 1930 (divorced)


*Maria Franklin* (born 1884, died 1966) A wealthy Texas socialite. Married to Gable from July 19, 1931 - March 4, 1939 (divorced)


*Carole Lombard* (born 1908, died 1942) Movie Star. Married to Gable from March 29, 1939 - January 16, 1942 (her death in a plane crash)


*Sylvia Ashley* (born 1904, died 1977) An English model, actress and socialite, who was best known for her marriages to British aristocrats and American movie stars. Married to Gable from December 20, 1949 - April 21, 1952 (divorced)


*Kay Williams* (born 1917, died 1983) Former wife of Adolph Spreckels Jr., heir to the Spreckels Sugar fortune. Married to Gable from July 11, 1955 - November 16, 1960 (Gable's death) 1 child: *John Clark Gable*


Gable's father was an oil-well driller by profession, who traveled around and re-married two more times after Clark's mother died when he was only 10 months old.


As a teenager Clark became interested in acting but bounced around the country in many trades before becoming success a successful actor.


Gable's success didn't entirely happen by accident. Clark married five times, and all of Gable's wives had attained a measure of success and/or wealth status before marrying him.

Women had always played an important role in Gables life.

Women liked Clark, and Gable, being an opportunist, knew a good thing when he saw it. It is likely that four of his five marriages were to promote his career or attain a degree of financial security.


In Portland, Oregon, an impoverished Clark was selling neckties in a department store and barely supporting himself. Actress friend *Laura Hope Crews* introduced him to *Josephine Dillon*, who was an acting coach and theater manager. Dillon was 17 years older than Clark, but saw promise in the ambitious, albeit malnourished, young man. *Clark's mouth and teeth were in terrible shape so Dillon paid to have them all capped.* She guided him in building up his body and taught him posture and poise. She trained him to lower his high pitched voice and improve his speech. Years of rigorous training began to pay off. Eventually their relationship became "romantic," and on December 13, 1924 they married and Dillon financed their move to where the action was: Hollywood.

Josephine became Clark's manager, and shortened his name.

Under her tutelage and mentorship, Clark began to pick up extra work in silent films. But when major roles were slow to come, Dillon returned Clark to the stage for further polishing. After many parts, Gable gained experience and garnered good reviews.


Clark and Josephine remained married for 5 and half years, but divorced in April, 1930.


Some say that Clark "abandoned" Josephine for "greener pastures" when the depression and "talking" pictures caused a cancellation of many plays.

In any event, a short time later Gable became the 4th husband of *Maria Langham* (aka *Ria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham Gable* ), a wealthy Texas socialite, also 17 years older than him.

Ria and Gable played the socialite game, eventually returning to Hollywood where Clark again worked as an extra, but began getting larger supporting, generally "tough guy," roles. *Howard Strickland*, MGM's publicity manager, took notice and developed Gable's studio image, building him up as a man's man. *Minna Wallis* became Clark's agent and in 1931 Gable was offered a small but prominent part in The Painted Desert . Critics took notice and Clark's fan base grew. MGM began pairing Gable with its stable of female stars, many of whom Clark was romantically linked, both on and off the screen, and his career began to skyrocket.

Clark's years of voice training with Josephine Dillon paid off, as many silent stars were being "squeezed" out with the intro of sound, Clark was there to help fill a void.


*1933-34* was a pivotal time for Clark. His "loveless" marriage to Ria was on the rocks, due primarily to his numerous leading lady affairs. His wages were being garnished to keep his first wife, Josephine quiet, and Ria was "punishing" him by mismanaging what was left. The Hollywood morals clause threatened his contract, and his overbearing father (with whom he stated that he never got along) came to live with him, a destitute dustbowl refugee.


Under this pressure, *Gable, who was known to be a heavy smoker and drinker, began to drink and smoke to even greater excess*.


In *June, 1933*, a day before he was to begin shooting Dancing Lady , *Clark was hospitalized with severe, life threatening, periodontal abscesses and most of his teeth were extracted*. The movie was shot around him during the couple of weeks it took for his gums to heal so he could be *fitted for dentures*. However, in the days before antibiotics, the infection returned and became systemic and Gable was hospitalized again for a month, also having his gall bladder removed. Production was held up and the film went well over budget.

This same year Gable underwent "cosmetic" surgery to have his ears "flattened."


*Louis B. Mayer* felt that Clark's illnesses were primarily self-inflicted and docked Gable two weeks pay, which caused bad feelings between the studio and its top star. In order to teach him a lesson, Mayer lent him to Columbia Pictures, then a poverty-row studio, to make a comedy. The movie, *Frank Capra's* masterpiece *It Happened One Night (1934),* swept the Academy Awards the next year and brought Gable his only Oscar.


From this point on, Gable's acting career flourished.


In 1935 he starred in The Call of the Wild with *Loretta Young*, with whom he had an affair (resulting in the birth of a daughter, *Judy Lewis* ).


In order to hide that she and Gable had an illegitimate child, fearing that it would ruin both of their careers, Loretta Young secretly gave birth to her daughter Judy Lewis while pretending she was vacationing in Europe. When she returned to Hollywood, she claimed that Judy was adopted. Gable met Judy only once when she was a teenager.


Gable and Ria finally divorced in March 4, 1939. In *March 29, 1939*, 38 year old Clark married perhaps the only "true love" of his life, 31 year old *Carole Lombard* (a woman 7 years his junior). She called him "Pa" and he called her "Ma."

They were married less than 3 years, but, according to Clark, they were the happiest of his entire life.


Later in that same year Gable starred in Gone with the Wind (1939).


Gable's standing only continued to increase. And the rest, as they say, is Movie History.


*Given the quality of cosmetic dentistry, and the state of oral hygiene of that (as well as our) day, and considering that Gable was a heavy drinker and smoker; it's no surprise that rumors of his "bad breath" abound. No doubt, some of his leading ladies were repulsed during those intimate scenes.*

*None-the-less, Gable remained quite the ladies man, both on and off screen, for the remainder of his life.*



*Gable Trivia*








*Carole Lombard* was the former wife of Gable's friend, *William Powell* (married from 1931-1933, divorced).

And William Powell's great love of his life was *Jean Harlow* (born March 3, 1911, died June 7, 1937).

Harlow was 26 years old when she died of cerebral edema, a side effect of renal failure.


In March 29, 1939, Clark married his third wife, *Carole Lombard*, but tragedy struck in January 16, 1942 when the plane in which Carole and her mother were flying crashed into Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, killing them both. Clark then volunteered to be drafted and served in Europe for several years. After the war he continued with his film career and married *Silvia Ashley*, the widow of *Douglas Fairbanks*, in 1949. Unfortunately this marriage was short-lived and they divorced in 1952.


Gable's fourth wife, *Sylvia Ashley*, was born *Edith Louise Sylvia Hawkes* in 1904. She was the widow of *Douglas Fairbanks*. Her first husband was Lord Anthony Ashley (they divorced November 28, 1934), her third was Lord Stanley of Alderney, *her fourth was Clark Gable (married to Gable from December 20, 1949 - 21 April 1952),* and her fifth was Prince Dimitri Djordjadze (whom she married in 1954 and stayed married to until her death). She died June 29, 1977. Her grave stone refers to her as "Princess Sylvia Djordjadze."


In 1932-33, Gable also had an affair with *Joan Crawford*, when she was estranged to her husband at the time, *Douglas Fairbanks, Jr*.


In 1952 Gable's fifth wife and former sweetheart, *Kay Williams*, divorced her previous husband, *Adolph Spreckels Jr.,* heir to the Spreckels Sugar fortune. In the divorce papers she alleged that he beat her with one of her slippers.


In July 1955 Clark married his fifth and last wife, *Kathleen Williams Spreckles* (a.k.a. *Kay Williams* ) and became stepfather to her two children, Joan and Adolph ("Bunker") Spreckels III.


On November 16, 1959, Gable became a grandfather when *Judy Lewis*, his daughter with *Loretta Young*, gave birth to a daughter, *Maria*.



In *1960*, Gable's wife Kay discovered that she was expecting their first child. In early November 1960, he had just completed filming _The Misfits_ (1961), when he suffered a heart attack, and died later that month.


Gable was buried shortly afterwards in the shrine that he had built for *Carole Lombard* and her mother when they died. In March 1961, *Kay Gable* gave birth to a boy whom she named *John Clark Gable* after his father.



When Clark was born he was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate.


Gable was dyslexic, a fact which didn't emerge until several years after his death.

Despite his dyslexia, Gable became an avid reader. He would never allow himself to be photographed reading on film sets, fearing it would undermine his macho screen image.


Gable and then future wife *Carole Lombard* first met in late *1924* while working as extras on the set of _Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ_ (1925). They would make three films together as extras, Ben-Hur, _The Johnstown Flood_ (1926) and _The Plastic Age_ (1925) and star together in _No Man of Her Own_ (1932), but not become romantically attached until 1936.


In order to expedite divorce from his second wife Ria in order to marry Carole Lombard, Gable paid his ex-wife a $500,000 settlement in 1939, nearly everything he had at the time.


Originally the image of Gable as an outdoors man was an invention of *Howard Strickland*, MGM studio?s publicity manager, designed to bolster his masculine screen image during the early 1930s. However, Gable soon discovered that he enjoyed hunting, shooting and fishing, so the image swiftly became the reality.


Enlisting after the death of his wife, Carole Lombard, Gable served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II making training films. He also trained as an aerial gunner, and flew 5 combat missions with the 8th Air Force's 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) while making his films and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.


*Adolf Hitler* esteemed the film star above all other actors, and during the war offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and return Gable, who had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was flying combat missions over Germany, unscathed to him.


Although discharged from the US air force early in 1944, he refused to make another movie until the war had ended.


Gable reportedly had a fear of flying, and made all long journeys across America by train.


Gable's last film, _The Misfits_ (1961), was also the final film for his co-star *Marilyn Monroe*.


At the time of his death, Gable's gun collection was valued at half a million dollars. He had a special gun room in his house filled with gold-inlaid revolvers, shotguns and rifles.


Gable was a conservative Republican, although his third wife *Carole Lombard*, a liberal Democrat, encouraged him to support President *Franklin Delano Roosevelt's* New Deal reforms.


In February 1952 Gable addressed a televised rally at Madison Square Gardens in New York in support of the Republican candidate *Dwight D. Eisenhower*, and a few days before his death he voted by post for *Richard Nixon* in the 1960 presidential election.


Gable was a staunch anti-communist and a firm believer in military intervention.

In the 1950s Gable joined *Walt Disney, John Wayne, James Stewart* and other politically conservative entertainers to "assist" the House Un-American Activities Committee in its efforts to find alleged Communist infiltration in the film industry, during Senator *Joe McCarthy's* "reign of terror" and Hollywood "witch hunt."


Gable was seriously considered to play Tarzan in _Tarzan the Ape Man_ (1932), but he was deemed an unathletic unknown and *Johnny Weissmuller* was chosen instead.


Edited by: Stephan55 on Apr 9, 2011 1:37 AM

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