A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him.


George Seaton
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... James Gannon
Doris Day ... Erica Stone
Gig Young ... Dr. Hugo Pine
Mamie Van Doren ... Peggy DeFore
Nick Adams ... Barney Kovac
Peter Baldwin ... Harold Miller
Marion Ross ... Katy Fuller
Charles Lane ... Roy
Jack Albertson ... Guide
Florenz Ames ... J.R. Ballantyne
Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan ... Edna Kovac


James Gannon, the hardboiled city editor of a newspaper, believes that the only way to learn the business is by way of the School of Hard Knocks, and has a very low regard for college-taught journalism, so he's not pleased when his managing editor orders him to help Erica Stone, a college professor, with her journalism class. Finding himself attracted to her, he pretends to be a student in her class, not revealing he's Gannon, whom she despises. As they bob and weave around their mutual growing attraction, they both begin to gain respect for each other's approaches to reporting news, but how will Erica react when she finds out who he really is? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Music: Latin rhythms have strange effects on blondes! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Final film of Florenz Ames. See more »


When Gannon is in Dr. Pine's kitchen getting a drink, a cabinet is opened with the open door located right behind Gannon's head. When the scene cuts to a shot showing the kitchen from the living room, the open cabinet door is nowhere in sight. See more »


Erica Stone: Newspapers can't compete in reporting what happened any more, but they can and should tell the public why it happened.
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Referenced in Waiting for Guffman (1996) See more »


Teacher's Pet Mambo
Words and Music by Joe Lubin
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Loved the dialogue!
4 April 2008 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this movie. I wasn't sure I would like Gable & Day together - that their age difference would be too awkward (she looked even younger than her 34 years and he was 58). But their chemistry worked. I like Doris much better when she isn't singing all the time - you get to really appreciate her acting skills!

I especially liked the smart dialogue in places. The ongoing debate of experience vs. education. I thought the analogy of the conductor was beautiful (see quotes page). Also, the comparison that "Experience is the jockey - Education is the horse." The screenwriters certainly deserved their Oscar nod for this gem!

I also was pleasantly surprised to see a young Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days") in the role as Ms. Day's assistant.

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1 April 1958 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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