Strange Cargo (1940) is not an easy film to describe. It has elements of drama, romance, adventure and tragedy. It is all these things, but it does not fit neatly into any of these genres. It could perhaps be compared to I Was A Fugitive of a Chain Gang, with its frank depiction of prison… Continue reading Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)
As most classic film fans know, Saratoga was, tragically, Jean Harlow's last film. It was her seventh film with her good friend, Clark Gable, with whom she had starred in such classics as Red Dust, Wife vs Secretary and Hold Your Man. Jean had suffered from ill health for much of her life, and had been ill for a fairly protracted… Continue reading Getting Love Back On Track: Jean Harlow in “Saratoga”
Lone Star (1952) is the second of three films that Ava Gardner and Clark Gable starred in together, which include The Hucksters (1947) and Mogambo (1953). Unlike in those two films, Ava has no rival for Gable's affections in Lone Star, and she is quite decidedly the female lead, with Belulah Bondi the only other woman in the film. Both Ava… Continue reading Riding for Glory
I am participating in The Ava Gardner Blogathon hosted by the lovely Maddy Loves Her Classic Movies, so please watch this space!