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But Not for Me (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 August 1959 (USA)
Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit ... See full summary »

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Russell 'Russ' Ward
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Ellie Brown / Borden
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Kathryn Ward
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Demetrios Bacos
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Al Atwood
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Miles Montgomery
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Roy Morton
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Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit play starring Ellie and romance her in a May-December affair. Written by Bob Lipton <lipton@dorsai.org>

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Bei mir nicht  »

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The start of production was postponed when director Lang was hospitalized for peritonitis and ulcers. See more »

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Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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But Not for Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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One of Gable's Last Vehicles
11 May 2004 | by (Montréal) – See all my reviews

One noteworthy thing about this movie is the use of music. Both the title song "But Not For Me" (also used in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral') and "You Make Feel So Young" pop up at various moments to good effect. Both songs date from the 1940s.

Any film with Lee J. Cobb is good according to me. And no one can fill out a tux like Gable. There's even a Joi Lansing walk through.

This film is somehow a B & W, 1950s version of 'Something's Gotta Give' - aging leading man and the Lili Palmer/Diane Keaton character. There's even a Long Island connection. If that sounds like an attractive idea, then it's worth a peek. Otherwise, the whole exercise will appear impressively dated.


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