There is rich new life and liveliness, and even a fresh approach with humor and heartiness, in Fay and Michael Kanin's original screenplay. Clark Gable is one of those crusty, old-line newspapermen who believes that nothing good comes out of colleges, certainly not out of schools of journalism. When he is invited to lecture by journalism professor Doris Day, he discovers his ideas about female professors were wrong.

There is rich new life and liveliness, and even a fresh approach with humor and heartiness, in Fay and Michael Kanin’s original screenplay. Clark Gable is one of those crusty, old-line newspapermen who believes that nothing good comes out of colleges, certainly not out of schools of journalism. When he is invited to lecture by journalism professor Doris Day, he discovers his ideas about female professors were wrong.

For various reasons he must pretend he is not a city editor but a pupil. In trying to get this straightened out, his emotional relations with Day become more involved and they finally arrive at the expected conclusion.

This is the straight story line, but the Kanins have decorated the framework with some hilarious comedy lines and scenes which director George Seaton has set up with skill and delivered with gusto. There is the sequence of Gable’s reactions to a strip-tease by Mamie Van Doren; another between Gable and his rival for Day, Gig Young, where Young is suffering from the grandfather of all hangovers. These and a dozen other bright gags spark the story. It runs long (two hours) for a comedy but it holds up.

Gable frankly mugs through many of his comedy scenes and it is effective low comedy. Day is as bright and fresh as a newly set stick of type. Young gives the picture its funniest moments, milking the scenes with the expertness of a master.

1958: Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Gig Young), Original Story & Screenplay

Teacher's Pet

Production

Perslea/Paramount. Director George Seaton; Producer William Perlberg; Screenplay Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin; Camera Haskell Boggs; Editor Alma Macrorie; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Hal Pereira, Earl Hedrick

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1958. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Clark Gable Doris Day Gig Young Mamie Van Doren Nick Adams Vivian Nathan
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