Not only had she proven herself a “hey hey girl” second only to Clara Bow, she was married to Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
— son of Douglas Fairbanks and step-son of Mary Pickford, the ruling couple of silent-era Hollywood.
This was akin to casting Channing Tatum as a bad guy or smart person, when everyone knows he should only be taking off his shirt and/or doing dance moves, preferably while in the rain.
Even cast in the wrong roles, Gable was remarkable.
Years before Brando popularized the menace and gravitas that characterized a new generation of male stars, there was Gable, and shit did he smolder.
For all of Gable’s bad behavior, he never got caught.
An action is never de facto scandalous: It becomes scandalous when it challenges the status quo.
What’s fascinating about Gable, then, is how a womanizing drunkard remained free of scandal — and what made it so easy to do so. After a childhood in Ohio, he dabbled on the stage, eventually finding his way to Portland, Oregon, where he hooked up with a theater manager 17 years his senior.
QB1 of my heart, only he didn’t reach out and steady my shoulders in downward dog.
Clark Gable III -- grandson of the legendary actor -- has filed a lawsuit against the man who allegedly stabbed him in the chest during a house party in 2009 ... According to the suit, Gable claims he was leaving the party in Calabasas, CA ... and one of the guys held a knife to Clark's friend's throat. Clark claims he suffered "profuse bleeding, a punctured and collapsed lung, and he could not breath." Gable had to be airlifted to UCLA Medical Center -- where, according to the suit, "he was placed in intensive care ...
and one of them stabbed CB3 in the left-side of his upper torso.
If the pair refused, MGM would activate the morality clauses in both of their contracts, and both stars would be out of a job.
This was obviously a huge bluff, as MGM would never sacrifice two of its most valuable stars.