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Clark Gable - The Signature Collection (Dancing Lady / China Seas / San Francisco / Wife vs. Secretary / Boom Town / Mogambo) (2006)

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  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CMRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clark Gable - The Signature Collection (Dancing Lady / China Seas / San Francisco / Wife vs. Secretary / Boom Town / Mogambo)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Boom Town
  • Vintage short: Hollywood Hobbies
  • Classic cartoon: Home on the Range
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono, French Mono
  • B&W, 119 min.
  • China Seas
  • Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk short: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan
  • Musical short: A Girl's Best Years
  • 1.33, English Mono
  • B&W, 87 min.
  • Dancing Lady
  • Vintage musical shorts: Planet Nuts with Ted Healy and the Three Stooges, Roast Beef & Movies with Curly Howard
  • B&W, 92 min.
  • Mogambo
  • B&W, 116 min.
  • San Francisco
  • Alternate ending sequence
  • Documentary profile: Clark Gable: Tall, Dark & Handsome hosted by Liam Neeson
  • Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk shorts: Cavalcade of San Francisco, Night Descends on Treasure Island
  • Classic cartoon: Bottles
  • B&W, 115 min.
  • Wife versus Secretary
  • Vintage musical short: New Shoes
  • Oscar-winning Crime Doesn't Pay short: The Public Pays

Editorial Reviews

Clark Gable was "The King" of Hollywood in his heyday, and why not? He carried himself in his movies as though entitled by royal birthright, erect and cocky, not especially curious about the rest of the world because he already owned it. Sure, Gable's characters frequently had to be humbled, but that's not what you remember about him; what you remember is the utter self-confidence, the brash American energy, and--sure--the jug ears. Clark Gable: The Signature Collection is not just a topnotch collection of the King in his court, it's also a look at just how good the Hollywood studio system (in this case, MGM) was in its glory years.

Except for late entry Mogambo from 1953, these titles are from Gable's peak run--1933 to 1940. First up chronologically is Dancing Lady, which pairs Gable with Joan Crawford; he's a gruff Broadway director, she's a plucky young dancer who moves up from burlesque to the legit theater thanks to wealthy suitor Franchot Tone. It's not a great movie, but the formula is pleasing, and there's a young fellow named Fred Astaire (his film debut) in a couple of scenes. Some surreal comedy is provided by Ted Healy and His Stooges (whose names happen to be Moe, Larry and Curly).

Tay Garnett's China Seas, from 1935, was a reunion with Jean Harlow, with whom Gable had struck gold in Red Dust. The script by James Kevin McGuinness and the gifted Jules Furthman might have a preposterous plot--cribbed from Red Dust--but the dialogue is deliciously vulgar and the actors perfectly cast. Gable is the captain of a boat on the Hong Kong-Singapore run, carrying secret gold and fending off pirates and a typhoon. His real problem, however is that the classy woman (Rosalind Russell) he has long pined for has come aboard at the exact moment his bawdy mistress (Harlow) has also tagged along. Clarence Brown's Wife vs. Secretary (1936) brings Harlow back, this time as the executive assistant to Gable's wealthy tycoon. Their relationship is strictly professional, although wife Myrna Loy eventually has suspicions. Gable and Loy are cute together, and the film is a reminder of how playful he could be outside the manly-man world of many of his films.

The blockbuster San Francisco, also 1936, gives a pretty good blueprint of what audiences craved at the time. Gable is the rakish owner of a wild Barbary Coast club, Jeannette MacDonald the opera-ready songbird who performs for him, Spencer Tracy the no-nonsense priest and childhood friend who would love to reform Gable. Director W.S. Van Dyke keeps it all cracking along (well, except when MacDonald sings and Cultcha comes in) and the special effects for the San Francisco earthquake are really rather awesome. Boom Town (1940) was another box-office smash, with Gable and Tracy as Texas oil wildcatters who team up, split, team up, split, etc. Claudette Colbert is the woman loved by both, although the male bonding is the most engaging thing about this entertaining spectacle.

Mogambo is an official remake of Red Dust, with Gable returning, this time as an African safari leader. Even with gray hair, his masculinity is enough to entice good-time girl Ava Gardner and ladylike Grace Kelly. John Ford directed, which means the location exteriors and studio interiors alike are alive with Ford's expressive compositional eye. Included on the San Francisco disc is a TNT documentary profile of Gable. But these titles give a pretty good profile all by themselves. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Named as the seventh greatest actor on AFI's List of "50 Greatest Screen Legends," Clark Gable reigned supreme as a screen icon during the 1930's and 40's. Six of Gables 75 feature films are remastered and now available on DVD in the new Clark Gable: The Signature Collection.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Clark Gable is my favorite actor of all time, so the DVD boxed set, CLARK GABLE: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION, from Warner Home Video is destined to be an often-played favorite. Gable made his first movie in 1931 and his last in 1961; this boxed set goes from 1933-1953. Included are six movie treasures: DANCING LADY (1933), CHINA SEAS (1935), WIFE VS. SECRETARY and SAN FRANCISCO (both 1936), BOOM TOWN (1940), and MOGAMBO (1953).

DANCING LADY is a Joan Crawford vehicle, with a young Clark Gable and Franchot Tone as the men she chooses between. We are in the Depression era Manhattan show business world, with Gable as a play director and Tone a millionaire playboy financing the show. Fred Astaire makes his film debut as himself, and Nelson Eddy and The Three Stooges have cameo roles. Bonuses are two Three Stooges shorts and a theatrical trailer.

CHINA SEAS is a "guilty pleasure" for director Tay Garnett. Gable plays a ship captain who does not know that his Hong Kong-to-Singapore voyage includes a gold shipment and Chinese coolies. The dream supporting cast includes Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery (re-united from DINNER AT EIGHT), a young Rosalind Russell, C. Aubrey Smith, and Lewis Stone. Bonuses are a color travelogue, a musical short, and a theatrical trailer.

Clarence Brown's WIFE VS. SECRETARY has Clark Gable married to Myrna Loy and boss to Jean Harlow. In a lovely movie, each woman respects the other. This is at least the fourth movie that Gable and Harlow made together; they were very popular. A young James Stewart plays Harlow's boyfriend and fifty years later still fondly remembered a passionate kiss they shared. Big bonuses here are a musical short, a theatrical trailer, and an Oscar-winning "Crime Does Not Pay" short.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King November 6, 2007
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These movies of Clark Gable are a great reminder of how great an actor
this gentleman was. He was an inspiration to every young boy growing
up in the 30's, 40's snd 50's I was fortunate enough to have met him
and can honestly say that he was an extremely kind and sincere person.
There aren't any actors today that can ever match up to his acting or
charisma on the screen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gable was called the King July 19, 2010
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Clark Gable is maybe the best example of that hard-to-define star quality being the premier requirement for stardom on the screen. He had screen magnetism in spades. This collection of films is a very good sample of his work at MGM, the studio who groomed him to stardom and helped him sustain it for more than 20 years. Gable was also a star who was always paired with a female of equal status and the set also showcases these woman. Here is what you get -

- the earliest film in the set is the 1933 Joan Crawford musical "Dancing Lady", MGM's answer to Warner Bothers smash "42nd Street". Gable costars as the stage director. This was not a part he wanted to do and he is sullen but the chemistry with Crawford is palpable. As a musical, the film is better than average but not as good as the Warner's equivalents, if only because Crawford makes a dubious musical comedy actress.
- In 1935, with MGM at the height of its star power, "Wife Versus Secretary" gives Gable 2 leading ladies, Myrna Loy, the screen's perfect wife, and sexy Jean Harlow, miscast as an indispensible secretary. This is the weakest film in the set, a typical Mills and Boons glamorous and completely artificial story with Gable overacting with a vengeance.
- also in 1935, MGM released the blockbuster "China Seas", a high adventure melodrama set in the Orient. This one has the lot. It is funny (Jean Harlow at her raunchy best), corny (Rosalind Russell overdoing her English Milady)and exciting (a storm at sea). Gable is perfectly cast as the macho hero, trading insults with Harlow while tangling with crook Wallace Beery.
- In 1936, Gable, against his will, supported musical Jeanette MacDonald in another large scale blockbuster, the superb "San Francisco".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gable's other work... August 19, 2006
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All good films, some new to DVD ("San Francisco", "Wife Vs. Secretary", etc.), from Warner's MGM library. They all feature the usual great film transfers we've all come to expect from Warner Bros. However, "Wife Vs. Secretary" was transferred from a very poor print which was unfortunate because I found the film has an unusually good performance from Jean Harlow and has a great little story. The release of "San Francisco" is timely because of the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire. This has always been a favorite of mine. This collection is a good cross section of Gable's work and definitely deserves a first or second look!
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The King finally gets his own May 16, 2006
For fans of 'The King of Hollywood' this set will no doubt seem way overdue. The titles chosen for this collection vary in appropriateness for inclusion, the comedy 'Wife Vs. Secretary' is only a so-so film that is made worthwhile only by the quality of the cast ie Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow. Also with the long-lost Harlow, Gable stars in the sillier than silly 'China Seas' in which he plays a ship's captain.

Mogambo is a universally appreciated 1953 remake of an earlier Gable film (this time with Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly) in which he reprises his original role. A vast improvement of the original.

Dancing Lady is an underrated 1933 comedy classic with Joan Crawford in a change of pace comedic turn that she pulls off marvellously. When Gable slaps her butt after granting her a favour and she wistfully thanks him; priceless!

All in all this a set of classics that should please Gable's fans and those who just enjoy great vintage entertainment alike.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluray please!!
Get these classics onto bluray.
Published 1 month ago by Justin Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect Gable!
Clark Gable is always fun to watch and this set includes San Francisco with a good re - enactment of the 1906 earthquake.
Published 8 months ago by Marcia Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best
This set contains six Clark Gable movies, but only San Francisco can be considered among his best. San Francisco, which also stars Jeanette MacDonald, is one of the greatest and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movies --
If you enjoy truly good movies you will really enjoy these.
They have good stories and speak good english and no four letter words.
Published 12 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark Gable-The Signature Collection
The item is just what my mother wanted except for "Mongambo". The collection would be perfect if it just encompassed certain years of his career. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karen Pagliarini
4.0 out of 5 stars Clark Gable every lady's leading man
My favorites were San Franciso, Boom town and Wife vs Secretary..The others did not hold my attention all through, however, they were good Saturday afternoon movies to clean by..
Published 17 months ago by sharan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Set!!!
What an excellent collection of Clark Gable classics!! The only minor change I might have made would have been to include the classic "Red Dust" in this collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by LtBrent
3.0 out of 5 stars Old - but real stories with good plot and an ending which is unusual...
Old - but real stories with good plot and an ending which is unusual these days - guess he really is an antithisis of an Ausie larrakin
Published 20 months ago by William HAYWARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark Gable
Poduct arrived very quickly and was pacjaged great. The product met all my expectations. I would highlyrecommend to all. I have enjoyed watching.
Published 20 months ago by Lloyd R. Whittamore
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Clark Gable - The Signature Collection...does it include documentaries...
Yes, that documentary is included on the San Francisco DVD.
Jun 21, 2009 by J. Hudak |  See all 2 posts
Snap cases in set
It's six discs in six boxes, with "Tall, Dark and Handsome" on the "San Francisco" disc. Technically, these are in amaray keepcases, rather than snap cases (the cardboard ones with the plastic snap-lock).
Jun 6, 2006 by David Horiuchi |  See all 2 posts
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