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Teacher's Pet (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 April 1958 (USA)
A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him.

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Complete credited cast:
... James Gannon
... Erica Stone
... Dr. Hugo Pine
... Peggy DeFore
... Barney Kovac
... Harold Miller
... Katy Fuller
... Roy
... Guide
Florenz Ames ... J.R. Ballantyne
Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan ... Edna Kovac
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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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Striving for authenticity in the newspaper city room scenes, producer William Perlberg and director George Seaton cast 67 members of the nation's press in the movie, 53 of whom were flown to Hollywood from 31 states and Canada; the rest were from the Hollywood press corps. See more »

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Gannon is obviously close to retirement age, so why does Erica treat him like a young journalistic prodigy? See more »

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James Gannon: [providing an impromptu lesson to Barney] By the way, you heard about it, didn't you?
Barney Kovac: What?
James Gannon: Found him dead.
Barney Kovac: Who?
James Gannon: Boss.
Barney Kovac: No kidding. When?
James Gannon: Two minutes ago.
Barney Kovac: Where did they find him?
James Gannon: In his office.
Barney Kovac: What did happen?
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Referenced in Instant Mom: Teacher's Pest (2014) See more »

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The Girl Who Invented Rock and Roll
Words and Music by Joe Lubin
Performed by Mamie Van Doren (uncredited) in the nightclub
Sung later by Doris Day (uncredited) in her apartment
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One of Clark Gable's best films--Doris's too
20 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Classy, rapid-fire comedy that combines "His Girl Friday" with any one of the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn battle-of-the-sexes. The set-up of the plot is rather hoary and contrived (gruff city editor of a New York newspaper--who is so anti-education that he hates the smell of chalk--falls for a journalism teacher), yet the writing and the deft handling are so assured, you can nearly forgive the sitcom devices. The actress at the beginning of the film who begs Clark Gable to fire her son is such a wonderful, believable find that she gets the picture off on just the right note; Gable and teacher Doris Day are lovely together, fighting and flirting and completely at ease in their roles. When Gable finally plants one on DD, she turns away in a huff, only to melt with wobbly knees. It's a fantastic moment in this unjustly forgotten, underrated classic. ***1/2 from ****


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