No Man of Her Own

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Overview

No Man of Her Own represented the only time that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard co-starred in the same picture at the time the film was made, both were married to other people; their romance and subsequent marriage was several years in the offing. Gable plays a crooked cardsharp who takes it on the lam from the New York constabulary. He hides out in a small town, where he falls in love with librarian Lombard. Endearing himself to Lombard's family, Gable pretends to be an out-of-town broker. He takes his new bride...
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Overview

No Man of Her Own represented the only time that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard co-starred in the same picture at the time the film was made, both were married to other people; their romance and subsequent marriage was several years in the offing. Gable plays a crooked cardsharp who takes it on the lam from the New York constabulary. He hides out in a small town, where he falls in love with librarian Lombard. Endearing himself to Lombard's family, Gable pretends to be an out-of-town broker. He takes his new bride Lombard back to New York, where he resumes his dishonest activities, all the while keeping his one-and-only in the dark. The fly in the ointment is Gable's ex-lover and former partner in crime Dorothy Mackaill, who threatens to expose Gable to the law. Rather than appear to be a cad in his wife's eyes, Gable turns himself in, telling Lombard that he's about to embark on a long business trip. The truth is revealed sometime before the final reel, but Lombard is willing to forgive and forget so long as Gable promises to go straight. Given the usual wiseacre urbanity of Gable's and Lombard's separate starring vehicles, No Man of Her Own seems unusually banal and sentimental. Still, the film is an opportunity not to be missed by latter-day "Golden Age of Hollywood" aficionados.
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Special Features

Exclusive Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Many viewers will come away slightly disappointed from No Man of Her Own, a perfectly adequate, moderately entertaining little film that raises unrealized expectations due to its fabled status as the only onscreen pairing of legendary lovers (and spouses) Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. No Man's screenplay is what keeps it from reaching the expected heights; it's perfectly fine, but also a bit odd, shifting a little awkwardly in tone as it goes along and thus creating a certain amount of dissatisfaction. It seems as if the viewer is being set up for a raucous comedy, a "mating of opposites" situation that promises great clashes of amusement. Instead, what results are chuckles which soon turn into mild amusement as the film ambles its way into a rather standard romance. All of this makes the ending seem anti-climactic, inspiring a "is that really all?" response. Perhaps all of this could have been an asset, creating a film that surprised audiences by its shifts in tone, but Wesley Ruggles' direction is not inventive enough to pull off this feat. It is, however, more than capable of framing the performances of its stars, which are the real reason for seeking out No Man of Her Own. Gable and Lombard glisten, and if both have given better performances elsewhere, they're still a treat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 025192579028
  • Original Release: 1932
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Jerry "Babe" Stewart
Carole Lombard Connie Randall
Dorothy Mackaill Kay Everly
Grant Mitchell Charlie Vane
George Barbier Mr. Randall
Elizabeth Patterson Mrs. Randall
John Farrell MacDonald Detective Dickie Collins
Tommy Conlon Willie Randall
Walter Walker Mr. Morton
Paul Ellis Vargas
Lillian Harmer Mattie
Frank McGlynn Sr. Minister
Lionel Belmore Antique Dealer
Wallis Clark Thomas Laidlaw, broker
Clinton Rosemond Porter
Oscar Smith Porter
Charles Grapewin Newsstand Clerk
Technical Credits
Wesley Ruggles Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Glazer Original Story
Edmund Goulding Original Story
Milton Gropper Screenwriter
Albert Lewis Producer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Maurine Watkins Screenwriter
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Disc #1 -- No Man of Her Own
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