Yesteryear American superstar William Clark Gable also known as "The King of Hollywood" or "The King" made his acting debut with stage and then in films gradually emerging as a leading man in films performing in over 60 motion pictures spanning over three decades. This Academy Award winning actor starred in several notable films like ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934), ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1935), ‘San Francisco’ (1936) and ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939) among others.
The film journey of this famous yesteryear superstar saw him starting as an extra in silent films and then appearing in supporting roles following which he earned his first leading Hollywood role that paved his way for other leads. His acting career spanning several decades includes numerous blockbusters as well as some that garnered less popularity at box-office.
List of William Clark Gable films includes best Gable films that thrived both critically and commercially like ‘It Happened One Night’, ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, San Francisco, ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘Red Dust’ (1932), ‘Boom Town’ (1940) and ‘Homecoming’ (1948). His movies that comparatively garnered lower ratings from critics and audience include films like ‘Forsaking All Others’ (1934) and ‘Too Hot to Handle’ (1938).
Based on the 'Mutiny of 1788,’ this Academy Award-winning movie follows British Naval vessel HMS Bounty, captained by tyrannical Bligh, on its voyage to Tahiti. When Bligh’s ruthless discipline causes surgeon’s death, and he shackles crew-members in chains, ship’s Lieutenant Christian leads rebellious crew into mutiny, setting Bligh adrift in a boat. Later, midshipman Byam, though not part of the mutiny, faces court martial.
The beautiful but irritable Scarlett O'Hara attempts to convince Ashley Wilkes that she is a better choice than the cousin he is planning to marry, but instead draws the attention of Rhett Butler. Ravaged by the Civil War and an unrequited love, she engages in one doomed relationship to another to sustain herself while nurturing her pride.
Red Dust is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Carson, owner of a rubber plantation. He finds himself attracted to a woman named Barbara, who is married to one of his employees. He becomes so infatuated that he even abandons his informal relationship with Vantine, a prostitute, in order to pursue Barbara.
Ellie Andrews, a spoiled heiress elopes with the scheming fortune hunter King Westley, much against the wishes of her father. After jumping ship in Florida, Ellie meets Peter Warne, a journalist who agrees to reunite her with Westley in exchange for an exclusive story. But Peter and Ellie end up falling in love with each other.
Mogambo is a romantic adventure drama film which tells the story of Eloise Kelly, a socialite, who arrives at a remote African outpost. She is upset after finding out that her acquaintance has canceled his trip, due to unrest in his region. She soon meets a hunter and wild animal catcher Victor Marswell, who soon develops a liking towards her.
Jim Lane is a test pilot, who lives a very dangerous life. During one of his flights, he is forced to make an emergency landing on a farmer’s field in Kansas. The farm belongs to the Barton family, and he meets and falls for their daughter Ann Barton. They impulsively decide to get married and to live in New York. However, Ann is upset by the fact that Jim always puts his work before her. She also begins to fear that she will become a widow, due to the dangerous nature of his work.
After Eddie, a conman, accidentally kills a man during a blackmail scheme, it is his lover Ruby, who is caught and sent to a reformatory. When she learns that she is pregnant, she is devastated fearing that Eddie has abandoned her. However, when Eddie learns about this, he becomes determined to marry her, because he doesn’t want his child to grow up fatherless.
Marian Martin, a factory worker from Pennsylvania, who dreams of a luxurious life, rejects fellow worker’s marriage proposal and goes to New York. After meeting wealthy, divorced attorney Mark Whitney, who isn’t ready to marry again, she becomes his mistress. They fall in love, but she decides to leave him realizing that their relationship can create scandal and damage his political ambitions.
While going through her divorce, Roslyn, a beautiful ex-stripper, meets a cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and Guido Racanelli, a former aviator who had served in the Second World War. Both men instantly find themselves attracted to Roslyn, and on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido’s half-finished desert home.
The captain of a submarine that was sunk by the Japanese during the Second World War is finally given an opportunity to take charge of another submarine after one year. Now, he is determined to sink a certain Japanese ship, the one that had destroyed his previous submarine, and this determination puts his crew in unnecessary danger.
Van Stanhope is a hard-working executive who is happily married to a beautiful woman named Linda. However, Linda’s friends warn her that her husband may be having an affair with Whitey, his secretary, who is extremely good-looking. Even Van’s mother is worried, as his father was unfaithful to her. During a trip to Havana, Linda begins to feel that the rumors might be actually true.
Blackie Norton hires Mary Blake as a singer in his bar named The Paradise Club. Over some time, Mary gains a lot of popularity. She is soon noticed by socialite Jack Burley and Maestro Baldini of the Tivoli Opera. They approach her and offer her an opportunity to do opera, but it seems that Blackie has her under a two-year contract. However, things turn sour between Blackie and Mary, when he makes up posters featuring her in tights, and she decides to break her contract and leave for the Tivoli.
Manhattan Melodrama is a romantic drama crime film which tells the story of a friendship between two orphans which survives even though they end up on opposite sides of the law, and also fall for the same woman.
Self-centered Dr. Ulysses Johnson joins the army during WWII, but is censured by friend Dr. Sunday as being unsentimental towards his patients. Johnson meets Nurse Jane ‘Snapshot’ McCall during the voyage, falls in love with her and learns enormously from her; but feels guilty about betraying wife Penny. After experiencing the horrors of war, Dr. Johnson who returns home, is a changed person.
Gambling-house owner Charley Kyng is diagnosed with heart condition and is advised to reduce his stress. He decides to give more time to his wife and son, but both detest his means of earning a livelihood. Besides, his brother-in-law and others create more problems for him. Charley needs to work hard to win back his embittered family and lead a peaceful life.
Dancing Lady is a musical romantic comedy film which tells the story of a rich playboy Tod who helps Janie, a young dancer to get a job in a Broadway musical which is being directed by Patch. While Patch thinks that Janie is using her charms rather than her skills in order to advance her career, Tod feels that he can use Janie however he wants.
Jack Thornton is traveling across Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. To help him towards the treasure, he purchases a dog named Buck to lead the way. However, after he meets a woman named Claire, who was abandoned by her husband in the Alaskan wilderness, he finds himself attracted to her, and reconsiders his journey.
A card-sharp New Yorker decides to leave the city after being discovered that he has been cheating and reaches a small town. Here he romances with a librarian, eventually marrying her before returning to the city. In New York, he continues with his old profession, while pretending to hold regular job, until his wife discovers his true identity. No Man of Her Own depicts the story of their love.
Gerald and Anya are jewel thieves in British occupied India, planning separately to steal the priceless diamond ‘Star of Asia’. They are forced to team up when a police inspector starts to hunt them down. As they fall in love and escape to Hong Kong, the Japanese invade China, and Gerald becomes a war hero.
Carol is the young daughter of a horse breeder. She is engaged to Martley Madison, but complications arise because her father owes a lot of money to a crooked gambler named Duke Bradley, who takes a liking to her.
Stephen Ashe is an alcoholic lawyer who defends a notorious gambler named Ace who was the accused in a murder case. Meanwhile, his daughter Jan Ashe, who has just broken her engagement to polo player Dwight Winthrop finds herself attracted to Ace, and they begin a relationship. Stephen obviously doesn’t approve of this relationship and tries to break it off.
Key to the City is a 1950 American romantic comedy film that tells the story of two mayors, who despite their contrasting personalities and views, get attracted to each other.
A fast-talking no-nonsense editor is determined to dig up a juicy story about a millionaire. When he discovers that a wealthy socialite reporter has a close connection to the story, he uses her to get to the bottom and has a terrible disagreement with her when the millionaire’s wife dies. But by then, he has also fallen for her.
After thirty years of making plays, Broadway producer Russ Ward, decides to retire. However, on being given notice, Ellie, his secretary, declares that she is in love with him. This inspires him to write his latest play, starring Ellie herself.
Press agent Reilly concocts a fake romance to gain publicity and glamour for former neighbors boxing champion Larry Cain and upcoming Broadway star Mabel O’Dare, which is not easy as they already dislike each other. Eventually, as they truly fall in love, they decide to marry and leave public life. When Reilly learns this, he refuses to let them ruin his scheme.
Con-man ‘Candy’ Johnson manages to escape an angry crowd and travels to a small town, Yellow Creek, where he pretends to be an altruist to impress Elizabeth Cotton, daughter of ‘Judge’ Cotton, another sharpster like Candy. Soon, returning to his old ways, Candy tries to control the town. When he marries Elizabeth, Judge exposes Candy’s true intentions. Will they be happy together?
Harry Patterson, a merchant marine falls in love with librarian, Emily Sears, and marries her after watching her in a bar fight. However, domestic life doesn’t sit well with Harry and he decides to return to the sea. Things change when Harry returns to find out that Emily is pregnant and about to go into labor.
While running away from an abusive home and forced marriage, Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger and begins to live with him in a nearby cabin. Caught once the stranger leaves, she flees again to become a dancer at a circus, eventually climbing the ladder to become a much sought after mistress. But what happens to her love? The stranger she has met in the rented cabin?
Richard Field is unable to marry his secretary Diane Lovering because his wife Louise refuses to divorce him. He sends Diane on a cruise to weigh her options but she falls in love with Mike Bradley on the cruise. She returns to New York, with the intention of breaking things up with Richard, but Richard proposes to her.
With the loss of their entire fortune in a stock market crash and father’s sudden death, former socialites Bonnie and Rodney Jordan must now work to earn their living. While Bonnie becomes a cub journalist, Rodney joins a bootlegger gang, little knowing that one day she will be asked to investigate a murder he has committed under duress.
Bootlegger Louie Scorpio slowly becomes the head of the criminal organization he is working for by eliminating his competition. He soon gains the attention of six masked vigilantes who are being helped by reporters Carl Luckner and Hank Rogers. They start working together to bring Louie down.
When trapeze artist, Polly Fisher ,suffers a 50 feet fall while performing for a visiting circus, Reverend John Hartley takes her home. Eventually the two fall in love and get married. But neither the Bishop nor the congregation is ready to accept a former trapeze player as the Minister’s wife and he loses his job. The only way she can save her husband’s job is to stage an accident and die.
Jane Hoyt reaches Hong Kong to rescue her thrill-seeking photojournalist husband Louis who has been captured by Communist China and is being held in a prison in Canton. She seeks the help of cunning shipping magnate Hank Lee and the two start falling in love.
Mike Brannan is notorious for doing whatever it takes to win a race and unwittingly ends up causing the death of a rival. When columnist Regina Forbes gets him banned, he saves up enough to enter the big leagues. Regina and Mike later begin a relationship but the true test lies ahead as Mike enters a big race.
During the 1930s, a French air-mail company from South America is owned by Riviere who insists on continuing the night fights, though the heavy rains, fog and darkness over treacherous Andes peaks make it risky for the pilots. But when a young boy in Rio-de-Janeiro needs an urgent medical delivery of polio serum, the perilous night flight is the only available lifesaver.
Philip Sutherland, a US reporter stationed at Moscow during the cold war era, marries a Russian ballerina named Marya. But when it is time to return home, Marya fails to get the exit permit, forcing Phillip to return alone. The story then goes on to depict how Phillip manages to smuggle out not only Marya, but also her friend, who is in similar situation.
Jeff Williams has been in love with his best-friend Mary Clay ever since they were children. But Mary is marrying their other best friend Dill Todd. When Dill runs away the night before the wedding and marries Connie Barnes, Jeff finally has a chance of winning Mary’s heart. But Mary still has feelings for Dill.
A war drama film adapted from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel, Betrayed is set in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. It revolves around Colonel Pieter Deventer, an intelligence agent of the exiled Dutch government who is now involved in the Dutch resistance movement.
Lone Star is a 1952 black-and-white Western film that tells the story of Devereaux Burke, a cattleman from Texas, who has to help the President of the US, to prevent the Republic of Texas from signing a treaty with Mexico.
Jonny and Kirk Davis, two brothers and war correspondents, return from Germany to the US in October 1941. Here they are fired for muckraking and become interested in the same women, a lady reporter assigned to Pacific front. They next follow her to Indochina, ready to fight for her love, eventually reuniting in Manila on 7 December, the day USA joins the WWII.
Two rival journalists, Mike and Barney, are given two boring assignments. One is to cover the wedding of a millionairess while the other is to interview an aviator couple. The plot takes up a drastic turn when the millionairess bride runs away from the wedding venue with Mike in her toe. Eventually they lead a merry chase across Europe with the aviator couple and Barney following them.
The White Sister is a romantic drama film, which revolves around Angela, daughter of an Italian prince who falls for a soldier named Giovanni. However, Giovanni leaves for war and doesn’t return for a long time. Thinking that he has been killed in battle, Angela decides to become a nun.
After finding out that there is an insanity running in her husband’s family, Nina Leeds decides to have a love child with a doctor, and lets her husband believes the child is his.
After a cabaret performer is dumped her boyfriend, who is a travelling salesman, she decides to join the Salvation Army to find solace.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is an adventure romantic drama film which tells the story of Ben-Hur, a wealthy young Jewish prince, who is a friend fo the powerful Roman tribune, Messala. Ben-Hur’s life gets ugly when an accident and a false accusation leads him to getting arrested falsely. Instead of helping him, Messala, who has now become arrogant and corrupt, makes sure that Be-Hur is jailed and separated from the rest of his family.
This Western drama film tells us the story of two smart marketing executives who hire a cowboy to impersonate a fading star for public appearances. However, things get quite messy when the real star shows up as well.
The Christmas Party is a short drama film, which tells the story of Jackie, who is willing to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team. However, he is unsure how to begin working on it, and therefore, has to take help.
When the rebels are about to capture Catherine, the ruler of a European nation, a military officer named Captain Alexei manages to save her. He is rewarded with her love, and soon he gets so charmed by her beauty, that he leaves his lover Anna. However, he is enraged to learn that Catherine is unfaithful to him. Therefore, he becomes a part of the revolution against the royals, as their new leader.
Hugh Carver is a football star studying at Prescott College, who falls for a popular party girl named Cynthia Day. Soon, he finds it impossible to keep her happy as well as keep up with his studies and sports training, and therefore their relationship goes through difficulties.
Clark Gable Awards
|It Happened One Night||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1935|