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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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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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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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Version of Accent on Youth (1935) 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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Unexceptional but enjoyable little film
9 April 2003 | by (advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com) – See all my reviews

A decent cast and intermittently witty script make up for the drab direction in this somewhat hackneyed backstage drama. But Not For Me is a perfect example of a "rainy-day film" - pleasant, undemanding entertainment with good stars and a happy ending. Gable looks worn-out in one of his final roles, but Lee J. Cobb is fine as a world-weary but good-hearted sourpuss writer - cast nicely against type. Baker is pleasant in a role requiring less dramatic range than in Giant (where she ate much of the scenery), while Lili Palmer is agreeable in support. Worth a look, but unlikely to grace one's Top 10 lists.

Two-and-a-half out of four, with an extra half for the lovely slice of cake I had with it.


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