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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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The film proved to be a complete failure at the box office. This was largely blamed on the casting of Carroll Baker, since she was not yet established as a major star. See more »

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Version of Mr. Music (1950) See more »

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You Make Me Feel So Young
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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While far from a great film, it's got Gable...
19 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For fans of classic Hollywood, a sub-par Clark Gable film is STILL well worth seeing. This is exactly the case for "But Not For Me"--an adequate film made better simply because it stars Gable.

Gable plays Russ Ward--a somewhat vain Broadway producer who is nearing the end of his career. He's low on money, low on successes and high on energy. However, his newest play seems destined to bomb and after talking it over with his accountants, he's decided to can the project and retire. But, when Ward's very young secretary, Ellie (Carol Baker) confesses her love for him, it inspires Ward to incorporate this into the play--and he suddenly reverses himself and decides to produce it.

This is an odd case of real life, a movie and a play all getting intermingled. While some might complain about the aging Gable starring with a very young lady, this works for me because the film is all about the difficulties of such a romance. Decent acting and the wonderful supporting work by Lee J. Cobb make this one worth seeing even with its shortcomings.


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