47 user 15 critic

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.


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


Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save herself for marriage.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.

Director: Ralph Levy
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Hermione Baddeley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After having been lost at sea for several years, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband has remarried.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay raise.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Stars: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey
Pillow Talk (1959)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis


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 Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A tantalizing, titillating tale of a love triangle that leads to tangled trouble. An airy, very amusing romantic comedy. See more »


Comedy | Romance


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

1 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enséñame a querer See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


When Clark Gable enters the classroom on his first visit and approaches a spinster -thinking it's Professor Stone [Doris Day]- she introduces herself as "Clara Dibney"; Clara Dibney was the nickname that Day's longtime friend Billy De Wolfe gave her and always used in greeting. Doris Day revealed this nickname during an appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW starring Johnny Carson. 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 »


Dr. Hugo Pine: I can drink any amount of alcohol I like and it doesn't bother me a bit.
James Gannon: Well it doesn't bither me a bot either!
See more »


Referenced in SCTV Network: Teacher's Pet (1982) See more »


Teacher's Pet
Words and Music by Joe Lubin
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
[Over main title]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Clark Gable's Twilight Quartet of Films
6 September 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Between 1958 and 1961 Clark Gable appeared in four final movies that were somewhat unusual. Three of them were sex comedies, and the co-stars in them were far younger than he was. The fourth was a straight drama, which also had a female co-star who was far younger than him. These were BUT NOT FOR ME, TEACHER'S PET, IT STARTED IN NAPLES, and THE MISFITS. His co-stars were Carol Baker (and Lili Palmer), Doris Day, Sophia Loren, and Marilyn Monroe. The age difference was quite unusual (up to this time Gable's leading ladies were about ten to fifteen years within his age - in fact, Lili Palmer's appearance in BUT NOT FOR ME was to give his character a perfect mate to end up with. Most film lovers tend to only recall the last of this quartet because of it being Gable and Monroe's last movie (although Monroe did begin SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE soon after, but didn't complete it). THE MISFITS also has the added downer of being the only film either of them did with Montgomery Clift. But most of all, Gable's death so soon after the shooting of THE MISFITS ended is linked to his difficult scene where he helped to control a wild horse (the effect on the actor, immediately after the scene was shot, is evidence of his over-exertions). With so much of a downer atmosphere generated by this film his three previous comedies sort of pale in comparison.

This is unfair because they were good comedies. I have discussed BUT NOT FOR ME elsewhere. TEACHER'S PET is possibly the most satiric of the three films (although certain points about the entertainment industry and play production get spoofed in BUT NOT FOR ME, and Italian-American culture shock gets a zing in IT STARTED IN NAPLES).

TEACHER'S PET is set in New York City, where Gable (James Gannon) is the city editor of a major newspaper. Some of the comments on this thread suggest Gannon is a hack. He's not, but just a very smart newsman who has spent a lifetime learning how a newspaper functions. At the start of the film, he is involved with Vivian Nathan (Mrs. Kovacs, the newspaper building's cleaning lady) and Nick Adams (her son, Barney), in trying to settle the issue of whether or not Barney should be given a chance to be a reporter on the paper. Mrs. Nathan does not want him to leave school, but Barney is anxious to begin. It is from this that Gannon discovers that modern news reporters don't learn the business from the bottom up, but go to journalism classes. He is recommended to go to see the classes of Doris Day (Erica Stone), because she has been making some critical comments about how Gannon runs his paper.

Pretending to be a person who just wants to better himself, Gannon signs in on Stone's classes, and rapidly rises to the top of her students. She thinks she has found a truly brilliant amateur. He is enjoying her being totally fooled, as he originally intends to reveal his real identity to her class at the right time. But he gradually falls in love with Stone (and she finds herself, typically, fighting this). His only rival is a psychiatrist friend of Stone, Gig Young (Dr. Hugo Pine), whom he finds almost indestructible to larger and larger amounts of alcohol when the three are out at a night spot.

The situation can't last too long, for Erica discovers his identity. At the same time, Gannon discovers Erica's secret: Her love of journalism is due to her family, as her father was a famous newspaper editor named Joel Barlow Stone. Gannon finds Erica considers him stupid, and it is only when he talks to Pine about it that he realizes that his accumulated knowledge of the newspaper world is as impressive as the knowledge that Erica brings to her students from her books. But he still is in the doghouse with Erica - possibly more so when he studies old copies of her father's Midwestern newspaper, and questions how good a newspaper editor he really was!

How they resolve the film I leave to the viewers (whom I urge watch it). I just to want to discuss one point: who is the original for Joel Barlow Stone? Firstly, the name "Joel Barlow" is one of those forgotten figures of early American Literatrue. Joel Barlow was one of the "Hartford Wits" of the period from 1780 - 1800. They wrote satiric verses and pieces, most of which nobody ever reads anymore. This happens to be part of the irony about her father that Erica is taught (surprisingly) by Gannon. This editor father is obviously based on William Allan White, the famous Midwestern editor of the EMPORIA GAZETTE (from Kansas), who flourished as a major figure in literary and political America from 1890 to 1947 (when he died). White (like Joel Barlow Stone) is best remembered for his editorials, several of which won national awards. He was also an author of several memoirs and historical works (such as his popular biography of President Calvin Coolidge, A PURITAN IN BABYLON). But the resemblance is only skin deep. White was an astute newspaperman, and his newspaper was deeply involved with current events and political trends in the U.S. Gannon discovers that as an editor White's fictional opposite number Joel Barlow Stone left a lot to be desired.

34 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed