No Man of Her Own
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Legendary Hollywood couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard illuminate the screen in the screwball comedy No Man of Her Own, their only performance together! When New York con man Babe Stewart (Gable) decides to lie low in a small town, he falls for a librarian (Lombard) seeking adventure and a way out of her predictable existence. Gambling on marriage, they head back to the city, where Steward tries to hide his former life from his new bride. Featuring the scandalous "Lombard on a ladder" scene, which prompted the founding of Hollywood's League of Decency, No Man of Her Own captures two of the silver screen's most popular stars at their best!
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In NO MAN OF HER OWN, Clark Gable plays Babe Stewart, a professional con man and cardshark who decides to get away from New York to avoid the prying eyes of a vice squad detective. In the small town of Glendale we meet Connie Randall (Carole Lombard), a librarian simply aching to leave the confines of her tight-knit community. On the toss of a coin, Connie and Babe get married, but when they return to New York, how will Babe explain his "profession" to his new bride?
This is a joyful romantic comedy with lots of sass and sparkle. Gable and Lombard will have you transfixed from the very moment they meet in the movie. The reason why they never made another film together was because Gable was contracted with MGM and Lombard spent the bulk of her career at Paramount. Clark Gable was briefly loaned out to Paramount to participate in NO MAN OF HER OWN (in exchange, Bing Crosby would cross over to MGM to star opposite Marion Davies "Going Hollywood"); so it was extremely difficult for Gable and Lombard to be reunited in another movie.
The DVD includes an all-new introduction from Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
As to Gable and Lombard's real life marriage, all I can say is don't believe the hype and studio(MGM)publicity. After reading her biography Screwball: The Life of Carole Lombard, I view their marriage with definite mixed emotions. Gable was a life-long philanderer and didn't change his behavior after his marriage to Lombard. Obviously, I am a Carole Lombard fan, however both Mitch Leisen(director), and Robert Stack(actor) both said, at different times, that Carole was putting a lot into the marriage and not getting much in return. Director Ernst Lubitsch(to Be or Not To Be((Carole's last film)) said that the love affair had died but the marriage lingered on. Gable was quoted as saying "women marry me, I just go along with the gag". Gable wanted a 'mother', not a wife. Sadly, Carole was willing at least, to 'mother' him.
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