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But Not for Me (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 August 1959 (USA)
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 »


Walter Lang


John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Samson Raphaelson (play)

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Cast overview:
Clark Gable ... Russell 'Russ' Ward
Carroll Baker ... Ellie Brown / Borden
Lilli Palmer ... Kathryn Ward
Lee J. Cobb ... Jeremiah MacDonald
Barry Coe ... Gordon Reynolds
Thomas Gomez ... Demetrios Bacos
Charles Lane ... Al Atwood
Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes ... Miles Montgomery
Tom Duggan Tom Duggan ... Roy Morton


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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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 August 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During filming Clark Gable held a press conference in which he announced that he had realized he had become too old to play romantic leading roles, and would be looking for different parts from then on. Ironically, his next film was It Started in Naples (1960), a romantic comedy opposite the much younger Sophia Loren. See more »


Ellie Brown: Oh, well, can you blame him, Russ. These reviews.
Russell 'Russ' Ward: Oh, the reviews weren't bad.
Ellie Brown: Only one man liked the play.
Russell 'Russ' Ward: He thought it was great. There was only one man who didn't like it, and he didn't like "My Fair Lady." All the other reviewers said it showed promise. They'll all think it's great once we fix it.
Ellie Brown: Oh, there isn't time to fix it.
Russell 'Russ' Ward: I've rewritten plays on the train back to New York. What do you think tryouts are for?
Ellie Brown: To make actresses miserable.
Russell 'Russ' Ward: So you can find out your mistakes. It's the ...
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Everyone Loves Gable!
3 November 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Clark Gable is a Broadway producer who feels his age and is ready to retire. Added to it is the fact that his ex, Lilli Palmer, pops in constantly for the alimony and aggravates him. Carroll Baker is his secretary, who's using her job as a stepping stone in her acting career. When she discloses to him, she's been pining for him from the beginning. he jumps on this plot in a way to save a playwright's problems with his play - instead of an old man going after a young girl, switch it. The stars provide charm and a bit of the nostalgic feel for Gable's older films, like "Wife vs. Secretary," with similarities to boot. But the main problem of this film is that it goes on for far too long and is too talky. Barry Coe likes Carroll, but with her interest in Gable, she hardly gives Barry the time of day. With its predictable ending, this should have been much shorter with less talk and definitely less bickering. But not for that, this is a must-see film for Gable fans. You'll just feel wore out by the end.

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