Hello all! Summer is here and I hope none of you are sweltering from the heat! However if we must be hot and bothered why don’t we do it while watching a nice pre-code!
1932 was certainly the height of pre-code films and what better way to celebrate than by blogging about it! My entry for this blogathon is No Man of Her Own starring Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in their only on screen collaboration together.
I must say, I always get a little sentimental when watching this movie, as it gives us a little glimpse of what Clark and Carole’s real life relationship may have been like- and then I get sad when I think about how she was tragically taken from him.
In this movie, Clark plays a card sharp Jerry ‘Babe’ Stewart- who has an eye for the ladies. And Carole plays a librarian assistant. Clark gets himself into a tizzy when things go bad after a hand, so he skips town to clear his thoughts- and while doing so be has a run in with the gorgeous Constance (Connie)- Carole. And even though Babe is a ladies man- something changes when it comes to Connie (looking back, is this art imitating life or what?)
He suddenly focuses all of his energy on pursuing her and forgets all about the card shenanigans- for a bit that is- and on the flip of a coin toss, they decide to marry. (While a coin toss meant a happy occasion in the movie, too bad a coin toss in real life meant bad news for Carole).
Babe then returns to his old ways once he returns with Constance back home- but does he really want to continue his dishonest ways if it means losing the girl?
It should be said Clark and Carole’s relationship during filming was strictly business and they didn’t it off until 1936. The paring of the two was coincidental, as Paramount traded Bing Crosby for Clark Gable. Gable had to receive top billing in any picture, something his initial co-star Miriam Hopkins wouldn’t accept, and thus Carole Lombard took over. A glorious turn of events that resulted in a legendary pairing for one of Hollywood’s most famous couples.
So everyone settle down for an ice cold drink and turn on a/c- you’re about to become hot and bothered!
Picture credit- Wikipedia , Amazon, TCM