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But Not for Me (1959)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 August 1959 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Jeremiah MacDonald
Barry Coe ...
Gordon Reynolds
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Demetrios Bacos
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Al Atwood
Wendell Holmes ...
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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During filming Clark Gable gave an interview in which he announced that he had realized that he had become too old to play romantic leading roles, and would be looking for different parts from then on. Ironically, his next film was It Started in Naples (1960), a romantic comedy opposite the much younger Sophia Loren. 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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Aging theatrical producer hopes a fling with his young secretary will recapture the glory days of youthful romance.
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Along with "Teacher's Pet," "But Not For Me" is a topnotch showcase for Gable's talent for deft self-deprecation. Following heroic service in World War II (for which he was decorated), and the tragedy of wife Carole Lombard's death while entertaining with a USO troupe, he has matured as both a person and an actor. The personality remains appealing, unique even, but he is now a former superstar charmingly twitting his image as mega-heartthrob in decades of earlier film roles. Lilli Palmer plays his ironic and amused ex-wife in this sophisticated, intelligent romance. It's light comedy but (as with Powell & Loy's "The Thin Man") good writing and masterly acting elevate froth to satisfying entertainment.


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