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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CMRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

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Clark Gable: The Signature Collection (DVD) (6-Pack)

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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

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A great collection for any mood; just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Alan E. Neutzel
These movies of Clark Gable are a great reminder of how great an actor this gentleman was.
Claude L. James
GWTW is literally its own boxed set now, and I added BOUNTY from old videocassette.
Stephen H. Wood

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Wood on July 27, 2006
Format: DVD
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 By Claude L. James on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M VINE VOICE on 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 By Albert M. Bozzo on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 23, 2010
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Being a big movie buff and having very little Clark Gable I thought the best way to catch up was a boxed set - I thought this was the best set, and I still think it is.

I wanted "Dancing Lady" because of Joan Crawford, but it's in this Gable box set. I wanted "China Seas" because of Jean Harlow, but it's in this Gable box set. I wanted "Mogambo" for Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, but it's part of this Gable box set. But when I try to choose one of these films to watch, it's Gable I consider!

Very happy with this purchase! Buy it now!
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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).
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