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Teacher's Pet -- Clark Gable (in one of his finest late-career performances) plays Jim Gannon, a school-of-hard-knocks newspaperman who despises journalism schools...until he sees who's doing the teaching. Attracted to lovely professor Erica Stone (Day), he masquerades as a novice in her class. Soon he's her prize pupil, all the while trying to make her his own prize.

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Writers:
Fay Kanin (written by) and
Michael Kanin (written by)
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Release Date:
1 April 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Their mixed-up romance adds up to this: GREAT DAY! GREAT GUY! GREAT FUN!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Entertaining comic 'Battle of the Sexes'! See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... James Gannon

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.R. Ballantyne
Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan ... Edna 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)
A.E. Ukonu ... African Drummer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Seaton 
 
Writing credits
Fay Kanin (written by) 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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Runtime:
120 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
James Gannon:Morning. Hangover?
Dr. Hugo Pine:Calling what I have a 'hangover' is like referring to the Johnstown flood as a slight drizzle.
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Soundtrack:
Teacher's Pet MamboSee more »

FAQ

Peter Baldwin---Where Was He From?
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46 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining comic 'Battle of the Sexes'!, 22 April 2005
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"Teacher's Pet" is a deliciously funny look at journalism, and the clash between 'formal' education vs. practical experience, with higher learning championed by Doris Day, and the 'School of Hard Knocks' represented by the 'King', himself, Clark Gable. Despite an obvious age difference (Gable, at 57, was showing all of his years), the chemistry between the stars is electric, and with Oscar-nominated Gig Young providing terrific comic support as Gable's brilliant yet down-to-earth competition for Day, the film manages to be both witty and wise.

With over a quarter century of playing newspapermen, the role of hard-boiled City Editor Jim Gannon fit Clark Gable like an old shoe. No-nonsense, pragmatic, and a workaholic, Gannon was the classic 'school drop-out' who learned the newspaper business from the ground up, and held college in contempt. While Gannon was obviously a dinosaur, even by 1950s' standards, Gable appears to be having a ball as the cigarette-smoking, plain-spoken, 'blue-collar' hero.

Despite the constant "Will she or Won't she?" sexual undercurrent of so many of her best comedies of the fifties and early sixties, Doris Day was also a feminist during the era, with her characters self-sufficient, and often holding down important positions based on merit. As Erica Stone, an ex-reporter who returns to college to teach journalism, her demeanor is professional and her knowledge unimpeachable, making her the perfect foil for Gannon.

While the descriptions of Gannon and Stone sound like formula characters for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (not surprisingly, as the script was penned by longtime friends Fay and Michael Kanin), the Gable/Day teaming provides a sexual tension that, by the late 1950s, would have been far less apparent had Tracy and Hepburn taken the roles. Even at the twilight of his career, Gable was so totally 'male' that he raised the bar of any actress opposite him, with Day's signature 'perkiness' transformed, here, into sexual potential in a tight skirt (watch her tease Gable, swaying her hips to "The Girl Who Invented Rock and Roll"; Day has never been sexier!)

While the resolution is not surprising, some remarkably candid observations of what makes good print journalism are given by both Day and Gable, with Day's comment of television replacing newspapers as the public's source for breaking news remarkably farsighted in 1958!

If you want a terrific comedy with two stars at the top of their game, look no further; "Teacher's Pet" delivers!

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