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1 April 1958 (USA) See more »
Their mixed-up romance adds up to this: GREAT DAY! GREAT GUY! GREAT FUN!
James Gannon, the hardboiled city editor of a newspaper, believes that the only way to learn the business is by way of the School of Hard Knocks... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... James Gannon / James Gallangher

Doris Day ... Erica Stone

Gig Young ... Dr. Hugo Pine

Mamie Van Doren ... Peggy DeFore
Nick Adams ... Barney Kovac
Peter Baldwin ... Harold Miller

Marion Ross ... Katy Fuller

Charles Lane ... Roy

Jack Albertson ... Guide
Florenz Ames ... J.L. Ballentine
Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan ... Mrs. Kovac
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Army Archerd ... Army Archerd (uncredited)
James Bacon ... James Bacon (uncredited)
Terry Becker ... Mr. Appino (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Bill (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Copy Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Sandra Gould ... Tess (uncredited)
Elizabeth Harrower ... Clara Dibney (uncredited)
Joe Hyams ... Joe Hyams (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson ... Erskine Johnson (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Paine Knickerbocher ... Paine Knickerbocher (uncredited)
Larry Leverett ... Reporter Who Punches Barney (uncredited)
Norton Mockridge ... Harry (uncredited)
Margaret Muse ... Miss Gross (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Bit (uncredited)
Frank P. Quinn ... Frank P. Quinn (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Vernon Scott ... Vernon Scott (uncredited)
Steffi Sidney ... Book Store Girl (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ... Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Merritt Smith ... Mr. Cory (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Seaton 
Writing credits
Fay Kanin (written by) (as Fay) and
Michael Kanin (written by)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer (uncredited)
George Seaton .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs (director of photography) (as Haskell Boggs)
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Sam Comer 
George Swarthout (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Ray .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
Lloyd Allen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Burke .... director of photography: fill-in (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenita Dinneen .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jesse Munden .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marie Pickering .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ric Hardman .... assistant to producer
Norton Mockridge .... technical advisor: City Editor, New York World-Telegram and Sun
Bob Davis .... stand-in: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Lou Smith .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The character of Jim Gannon was originally supposed to be a reporter. However, when veteran star Clark Gable was cast it was decided to make him an editor instead.See more »
Factual errors: In the scene where Pine corrects Gannon about the year of Bill Wambsganss' unassisted triple play in the World Series (1920), he says that was the first year the Series was a best-of-9 format. Actually, the infamous 1919 Series (Cincinnati over White Sox) was best-of-9, as was the first Series of modern times in 1903.See more »
Erica Stone:As my father used to say, a reporter has to do a lot of sweating before he earns the right to perspire.See more »
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Clark Gable's Twilight Quartet of Films, 6 September 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Between 1958 and 1961 Clark Gable appeared in four final movies that were somewhat unusual. Three of them were sex comedies, and the co-stars in them were far younger than he was. The fourth was a straight drama, which also had a female co-star who was far younger than him. These were BUT NOT FOR ME, TEACHER'S PET, IT STARTED IN NAPLES, and THE MISFITS. His co-stars were Carol Baker (and Lili Palmer), Doris Day, Sophia Loren, and Marilyn Monroe. The age difference was quite unusual (up to this time Gable's leading ladies were about ten to fifteen years within his age - in fact, Lili Palmer's appearance in BUT NOT FOR ME was to give his character a perfect mate to end up with. Most film lovers tend to only recall the last of this quartet because of it being Gable and Monroe's last movie (although Monroe did begin SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE soon after, but didn't complete it). THE MISFITS also has the added downer of being the only film either of them did with Montgomery Clift. But most of all, Gable's death so soon after the shooting of THE MISFITS ended is linked to his difficult scene where he helped to control a wild horse (the effect on the actor, immediately after the scene was shot, is evidence of his over-exertions). With so much of a downer atmosphere generated by this film his three previous comedies sort of pale in comparison.

This is unfair because they were good comedies. I have discussed BUT NOT FOR ME elsewhere. TEACHER'S PET is possibly the most satiric of the three films (although certain points about the entertainment industry and play production get spoofed in BUT NOT FOR ME, and Italian-American culture shock gets a zing in IT STARTED IN NAPLES).

TEACHER'S PET is set in New York City, where Gable (James Gannon) is the city editor of a major newspaper. Some of the comments on this thread suggest Gannon is a hack. He's not, but just a very smart newsman who has spent a lifetime learning how a newspaper functions. At the start of the film, he is involved with Vivian Nathan (Mrs. Kovacs, the newspaper building's cleaning lady) and Nick Adams (her son, Barney), in trying to settle the issue of whether or not Barney should be given a chance to be a reporter on the paper. Mrs. Nathan does not want him to leave school, but Barney is anxious to begin. It is from this that Gannon discovers that modern news reporters don't learn the business from the bottom up, but go to journalism classes. He is recommended to go to see the classes of Doris Day (Erica Stone), because she has been making some critical comments about how Gannon runs his paper.

Pretending to be a person who just wants to better himself, Gannon signs in on Stone's classes, and rapidly rises to the top of her students. She thinks she has found a truly brilliant amateur. He is enjoying her being totally fooled, as he originally intends to reveal his real identity to her class at the right time. But he gradually falls in love with Stone (and she finds herself, typically, fighting this). His only rival is a psychiatrist friend of Stone, Gig Young (Dr. Hugo Pine), whom he finds almost indestructible to larger and larger amounts of alcohol when the three are out at a night spot.

The situation can't last too long, for Erica discovers his identity. At the same time, Gannon discovers Erica's secret: Her love of journalism is due to her family, as her father was a famous newspaper editor named Joel Barlow Stone. Gannon finds Erica considers him stupid, and it is only when he talks to Pine about it that he realizes that his accumulated knowledge of the newspaper world is as impressive as the knowledge that Erica brings to her students from her books. But he still is in the doghouse with Erica - possibly more so when he studies old copies of her father's Midwestern newspaper, and questions how good a newspaper editor he really was!

How they resolve the film I leave to the viewers (whom I urge watch it). I just to want to discuss one point: who is the original for Joel Barlow Stone? Firstly, the name "Joel Barlow" is one of those forgotten figures of early American Literatrue. Joel Barlow was one of the "Hartford Wits" of the period from 1780 - 1800. They wrote satiric verses and pieces, most of which nobody ever reads anymore. This happens to be part of the irony about her father that Erica is taught (surprisingly) by Gannon. This editor father is obviously based on William Allan White, the famous Midwestern editor of the EMPORIA GAZETTE (from Kansas), who flourished as a major figure in literary and political America from 1890 to 1947 (when he died). White (like Joel Barlow Stone) is best remembered for his editorials, several of which won national awards. He was also an author of several memoirs and historical works (such as his popular biography of President Calvin Coolidge, A PURITAN IN BABYLON). But the resemblance is only skin deep. White was an astute newspaperman, and his newspaper was deeply involved with current events and political trends in the U.S. Gannon discovers that as an editor White's fictional opposite number Joel Barlow Stone left a lot to be desired.

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