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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
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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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