Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Clark Gable

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Clark Gable, born February 1st, 1901!

Clark Gable is the type of man you don’t want to bring home to mother. Not because she wouldn’t approve – how could she not approve of all his devilish charm and suave appearance. You wouldn’t want to bring Gable home to mother because, well, he just might end up leaving said home with your mother.

Strong, ruggedly handsome, unwilling to take anyone’s attitude but more than happy to give his own, Gable is the perfect manifestation of the traditional male hero. He seemed most comfortable in the role of mysterious outsider whose reputation as a woman-chasing scoundrel cast him away from the inner circle of polite society while simultaneously adding to his already alluring mystique. It didn’t matter if he was in comedy or action/adventure, romance or drama; Gable always came across as the suave rebel, equally as likely to help you or take your money. So, let us celebrate this charming scoundrel by taking a look at the roles that best represent the title.


Jean Harlow, Red Dust, Classic Movie Actress, Victor FlemingClark Gable with Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932, Victor Fleming, director)


Claudette Colbert, It happened one night, classic movie actress, Frank CapraClark Gable with Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra director)


Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming director)


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