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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
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Aging theatrical producer hopes a fling with his young secretary will recapture the glory days of youthful romance.
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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