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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 »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

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

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
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bei mir nicht See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Jeremiah MacDonald: You wouldn't want to try it again, I suppose?
Kathryn Ward: Never! I wouldn't go through eight years again for love or money, or both.
Jeremiah MacDonald: Wish I could believe that.
Kathryn Ward: Wish I could too.
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Version of Accent on Youth (1935) See more »

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The Typewriter
Music by Leroy Anderson
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A bit awkward, but generally likable comedy...
26 May 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Clark Gable, in one of his final film roles, plays a theatrical producer fighting off the unwanted affections of his smitten juvenile secretary, later using his predicament as the basis for a new play. Odd to find latter-day Gable in such an outright piece of fluff; he looks a little unsure of himself initially, but eventually locates the spirit of the piece and warms up midway. As the lovestruck working girl, Carroll Baker is sweet yet also rather stiff, and her hair and clothes don't seem to match her age (she doesn't look like what other young ladies of this period might look like). Remake of 1935's "Accent on Youth" is hackneyed and coy, but the cast (including Lilli Palmer and Lee J. Cobb) manage to sell it despite shortcomings in the material and the handling. **1/2 from ****


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