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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment reveal “Clark Gable Collection 1″ (The Call of the Wild/Soldier of Fortune/The Expansive Man) — (Dolby digitally remastered) …featuring top performances by actors to die for from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s with outstanding residence lines and screenplays…from memorable films that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat completely engulfed in the sage and every scene…so pop some popcorn, sit wait on and bask in the movie.
First up we have “THE CALL OF THE WILD” (1935) (95 min. B/W) …under director William Wellman, producer Darryl F. Zanuck, recent by Jack London, screenplay by Gene Fowler and Leonard Praskins, new music by Alfred Newman…the cast include Clark Gable ( Jack Thornton), Loretta Young (Claire Blake), Jack Oakie (Shorty Hollihan), Frank Conroy (John Blake), Reginald Owen (Smith), Sidney Toler (Joe Groggins), Katherine de Mille (Marie), Lalo Encinas (Kali), Charles Stevens (Francois), James Burke (Olle), Duke Green (Frank) . . . . .our legend has Clark Gable and Jack Oakie headed for gold in them thar hills…Gable purchases a sled dog Buck who is fragment wolf and saves his life once or twice during the film…Loretta Young is searching for her husband Frank Conroy who leaves her to search for another obvious vein of gold…a closeness develops between Gable and Young during the slide, when Gable realizes he must abet score her husband and makes things legal…..the interaction between Gable, Young and Oakie has a just and lifting ingredient not found in todays films…once again Gable steals the scenes as allotment hero, devil may care and kindly character that he is.
Special footnote, actor Clark Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM’s Irving Thalberg. Joan Crawford asked for him as co-star in “Dance, Fools, Dance” (1931) and the public loved him manhandling Norma Shearer in “A Free Soul” (1931) the same year. “the Painted Desert” (1931) his unshaven lovemaking with bra-less Jean Harlow in “Red Dust” (1932) made him MGM’s most essential star…”Dancing Lady” (1933) Gable refused an assignment and the studio punished him by loaning him out to (at the time) low-rent Columbia Pictures, which place him in Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night” (1934), which won him an Oscar, “China Seas” (1935) “the Call of the Wild” (1935) to a far more great roles at MGM, such as Fletcher Christian in “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) and Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Wife vs. Secretary” (1936,It was at Gable’s 36th birthday that Judy Garland sang “dear mr. Gable: you Made Me Care For you.”, he was only beginning with films like “San Francisco” (1936), Peculiar Cargo” (1940), “Advise Town” (1940), “Honky Tonk” (1941), “across the Wide Missouri” (1951), “Lone Star” (1952), “Mogambo” (1953), “the King and Four Queens” (1956), “Band of Angels” (1957), “Teacher’s Pet” (1958), “Speed still Race Deep” (1958), “But Not for Me” (1959), It started in Naples (1960) …playing a cowboy in his last film, “the Misfits” (1961), which was also the final film for co-star Marilyn Monroe, the aging Gable diligently performed his possess stunts, taking its toll on his already guarded health. he died from a heart attack before the film was released, Named the #7 greatest actor on the 50 Greatest Shroud Legends List by the American Film Institute…Gable was quoted “the only reason they arrive to study me is that I know life is spacious – and they know I know it, I’m no actor and I never have been, what people peep on the hide is me.”…it was fellow friend and actor Spencer Tracy who dubbed Gable as “the King”.
SPECIAL BIO:1. Clark Gable (aka: William Clark Gable)Date of birth: 1 February 1901 – Cadiz, Ohio,Date of death: 16 November 1960 – Los Angeles, California
BIOS:1. Loretta Young (aka: Gretchen Young)Date of birth: 6 January 1913 – Salt Lake City, UtahDate of death: 12 August 2000 – Los Angeles, California2. Jack Oakie (aka: Lewis Delaney Offield)Date of birth: 12 November 1903 – Sedalia, MissouriDate of death: 23 January 1978 – Los Angeles, California3. William Wellman (aka: William Augustus Wellman) (Director)Date of birth: 29 February 1896 – Brookline, MassachusettsDate of death: 9 December 1975 – Los Angeles, California4. Jack London (aka: John Griffith Chaney) (Author)Date of birth: 12 January 1876 – San Francisco, California,Date of death: 22 November 1916 – Glen Ellen, California
Second film is “SOLDIER OF FORTUNE” (1955) (96 min Color) …under director Edward Dmytryk, producer Buddy Adler, book author and screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, Hugo W. Friedhofer (Composer (Music Get), Lionel Newman (Musical Direction/Supervision . . . . .cast includes Clark Gable (Hank Lee), Susan Hayward (Jane Hoyt), Michael Rennie (Inspector Merryweather), Gene Barry (Louis Hoyt),Alex D’Arcy (Rene), Tom Tully (Tweedie), Anna Sten (Mme. Dupree), Russell Collins (Icky), Leo Gordon (Huge Matt), Richard Loo (Po-Lin), Soo Yong (Dak Lai), Frank Tang (Ying Fai), Jack Kruschen (Austin Stoker) . . . . .our epic is based upon the Ernest Gann recent with intelligent characters doing what they do best, Gable (American mercenary), Hayward the wife searching for her husband, Gene Barry the husband and Michael Rennie trying to collect Gable at his smuggling… Gable accepts the task of finding Barry who is captive by the Chinese Communist authorities on a trumped up charge of spying… how Gable pulls pff the rescue is the gripping venture of the record…will he accept the girl Hayward, who he has fallen deeply in cherish with, that my friend is what you’re about to watch…manufacture ticket of some vast shots of Hong Kong during that era, gives the film body as actually being there.
BIOS:1. Susan Hayward (aka: Edythe Marrenner)Date of birth: 30 June 1918 – Brooklyn, Recent YorkDate of death: 14 March 1975 – Hollywood, California2. Michael Rennie (aka: Eric Alexander Rennie)Date of birth: 25 August 1909 – Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UKDate of death: 10 June 1971 – Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, UK3. Gene Barry (aka: Eugene Klass)Date of birth: 14 June 1919 – Novel York, Recent YorkDate of death: Unexcited Living4. Edward Dmytryk (Director)Date of birth: 4 September 1908 – Spacious Forks, British Columbia, CanadaDate of death: 1 July 1999 – Encino, California
Third film on the collection is “THE Ample MEN” (1955) (122 min Color) …under director Raoul Walsh, produced by William A. Bacher and William Hawks, book author Clay Fisher, screenplay by Sydney Boethm and Frank S. Nugent, music by Victor Young (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Salvage), songs by Ken Darby. . . . . .cast includes Clark Gable (Ben Allison), Jane Russell (Nella Turner), Robert Ryan (Nathan Stark), Cameron Mitchell (Clint Allison), Emile G. Meyer (Chickasaw), Juan Garcia (Luis), Harry Shannon (Sam), Steven Darrell ( the Colonel) . . . . . our tale is a familiar one, as in “Red River” (1948, this film is a ample action western featuring Gable, Russell and Ryan all itching for the slay of the rainbow and what money can bring them…mountainous direction by Raoul Walsh and Leo Tover gradual the camera with sweeping shots that we all admire in a western….Ryan is a cattleman who talks Gable and his brother Cameron Mitchell into heading Texas cattle to Montana…on the design they meet up with Jane Russell and spark flit between her and Gable, but don’t count out Ryan as he has substantial ideas for an empire and Russell unprejudiced might tumble into his plans…at the raze of the drive who will reach away with all the cards, and where does “Prairie Dog Creek” fit in…this is one of Gables best westerns and he is up to his classic style of acting, don’t miss this one.
BIOS:1. Janes Russell (aka: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell)Date of birth: 21 June 1921 – Bemidji, Minnesota2.. Robert Ryan (aka: Robert Bushnell Ryan)Birth Date: 11/11/1909 – Chicago, IllinoisDied: 7/11/1973 – Original York, Unusual York3. Raoul Walsh (aka: Albert Edward Walsh) (Director)Date of birth: 11 March 1887 – Original York, Novel YorkDate of death: 31 December 1980 – Simi Valley, California,
BONUS SPECIAL FEATURES:“Call of the Wild” (8/09/1935) …Commentary by author Darwin Porter; Restoration comparison; Photo gallery; Modern theatrical trailer;“Soldier of Fortune” (5/27/1955) …Commentary by author Danforth Prince; Restoration comparison; Photo gallery; Modern theatrical trailer;“the huge Men” (10/06/1955) …:Behind-the-scenes and production stills galleries; Fresh theatrical trailer & more!
Want to thank 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for releasing “Clark Gable Collection 1″ (The Call of the Wild/Soldier of Fortune/The Stout Men), the digital transfere with a shapely, definite and crisp print…looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the ’40s & ’50s…order your copy now from Amazon or 20th Century Fox Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available, stop tuned once again for top notch fabulous character actors of the cinema brought aid so many amazing memories of the times when film makers cared about you who purchased a imprint and came attend for more…unprejudiced the intention we like ‘em.
Total Time: 3-DVD-Set ~ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment #2236485 ~ (8/15/2006)
This collection of Clark Gable’s three films for 20th Century Fox is probably more for fans than casual viewers, but there’s smooth distinguished to delight in here. the tremendous disappointment is that William Wellman’s 1935 version of the Call of the Wild is only the slit (by some 14 minutes) wartime reissue version rather than the modern. any resemblance to anything written by Jack London is purely coincidental: it’s region in the Yukon, and there’s a dog called Buck in it who has to pull a thousand pound weight in one scene for a bet, but that’s about it. But this Buck is a gargantuan St Bernard and he’s only a bit player in a gold accelerate romp tailored for Clark Gable – but then at the height of his popularity, audiences would probably have burned the theatres to the ground if he’d played second fiddle to a hound. more celebrated for Gable and co-star Loretta Young emerging from the snowed-in on-location shoot with an illegitimate child, it’s an savory enough memoir even in the abridged reissue nick that now seems to be the only version surviving, although it shamefully throws away Reginald Owen’s agreeable villain, who deserves a remarkable better exit than he gets here.
Best of the bunch is Soldier of Fortune, a crowd-pleasing potboiler from the days when Technicolor was pretty (okay, it was shot in De Luxe, but the same principle applies) and CinemaScope really was CINEMAScope. There’s not considerable action (the final rescue is laughably easy), but Ernest K. Gann’s script is rapid fun, Clark Gable and Susan Hayward play well off each other, Michael Rennie and the colourful supporting cast more than glean their pay, Hong Kong probably never looked better on cloak and there’s a pleasingly lush romantic acquire from Hugo Friedhofer. Engrossing to perceive director Edward Dmytryk, the one member of the Hollywood ten to recant (after being appalled at the Party’s treatment of his family while he was in prison), turning in such an anti-Communist oater, but he handles it with flair. A deathless classic? Hell, no – but vast entertainment.
The Enormous Men has a gigantic opening half hour, but once the snow clears it’s pedestrian and overlong all the plan despite the combined star power of Clark Gable, Robert Ryan and Jane Russell. the DeLuxe color is problematic throughout – the early scenes and studio footage leer amazing, but out in the wide-open country it tends to beget everything on the trudge study bleached out and tiresome, the early CinemaScope lenses probably exacerbating the limitations of the system. Level-headed, there’s some colossal dialog and Ryan gets to direct the definitive description of his co-star – “there goes the only man I ever respected. He’s what every boy thinks he’s going to be when he grows up and wishes he had been when he’s an obsolete man.”
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