Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

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Director: George Seaton, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young

Cast: George Seaton, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young

     
 

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Hard-boiled, self-educated newspaper editor Clark Gable turns down an opportunity to lecture before a night-school journalism class, publicly ridiculing the notion that the art of news writing can be taught. After receiving an honorary university degree, Gable's publisher orders the recalcitrant editor to appear at the lecture. Upon entering the classroom, Gable

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Hard-boiled, self-educated newspaper editor Clark Gable turns down an opportunity to lecture before a night-school journalism class, publicly ridiculing the notion that the art of news writing can be taught. After receiving an honorary university degree, Gable's publisher orders the recalcitrant editor to appear at the lecture. Upon entering the classroom, Gable overhears journalism teacher Doris Day, the daughter of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, condemn Gable's attitude towards higher education. Intrigued by the lovely Day, Gable enrolls in her class under an assumed name. He quickly goes to the head of the class (after all, he's had more experience than all the other students combined), then begins a campaign to romance Day. But there's a fly in the ointment: Day's fiance Gig Young, who gives an Oscar-calibre performance as a smug know-all. Likewise stealing every scene she's in is Mamie Van Doren, playing an exotic dancer who's set her sights on Gable. Fay and Michael Kanin's sprightly screenplay for Teacher's Pet manages to steer clear of any and all potential cliches.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Teacher's Pet is a surprisingly enjoyable comedy that manages to avoid the many pitfalls into which it could very easily become entrapped. While its premise would seem to indicate it would be a run-of-the-mill, by-the-numbers, high-concept comedy, Fay and Michael Kanin's screenplay somehow hits all the expected plot points without coming across as mechanical. Chalk a lot of this up to the flavorful dialogue, finely observed characters, and an ability to skirt with, but avoid falling into, clichés. George Seaton has directed with a light hand, keeping things moving at a nice clip and setting each scene up so that it scores and then moves on. He has also created a New York that is real without being gritty; the newsroom looks like a newsroom and these middle-class characters don't live in spacious penthouses overlooking the river. Leads Clark Gable and Doris Day are in top form, navigating the up-and-down moves of the romance with skill, and generating a surprising amount of chemistry in the process. Even better is Gig Young, in a wonderfully nuanced performance that is enormously appealing. Mamie van Doren is also delightful as Gable's zaftig performer/girlfriend. While Teacher's Pet is perhaps too slight to qualify as a genuine classic, it's still a film that pleases on all levels.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
UPC:
0883316735091
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Jim Gannon
Doris Day Erica Stone
Gig Young Dr. Hugo Pine
Mamie Van Doren Peggy DeFore
Nick Adams Barney Kovac
Peter Baldwin Harold Miller
Vivian Nathan Mrs. Kovac
Marion Ross Katy Fuller
Charles Lane Roy
Jack Albertson Guide
Florenz Ames J.L. Ballentine
Harry Antrim Lloyd Crowley
Army Archerd Himself
Terry Becker Mr. Appino
Cyril Delevanti Copy Man
Sandra Gould Tess
Elizabeth Harrower Clara Dibney
Erskine Johnson Actor
Frank Richards Cab Driver
Vernon Scott Actor
Steffi Sidney Bookstore Girl
Sidney Skolsky Actor
Margaret Muse Miss Gross
Joe Hyams Actor

Technical Credits
George Seaton Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Michael Kanin Screenwriter
Fay Kanin Screenwriter
Joe Lubin Songwriter
Alma Macrorie Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
William Perlberg Producer
Roy Webb Score Composer

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Teacher's Pet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doris Day plays a college journalism teacher--back in the days when students wore coats and ties to class. Clark Gable plays a hard-boiled city editor who becomes her star pupil--here an older version of his cynical reporter in "It Happened One Night". Director George Seaton follows Frank Capra's footsteps, and this sparkling, romantic comedy written by Michael and Fay Kanin is a snappily paced romp where the laughs come often. Gable and Day spar entertainingly as "the old pro and the egghead" with different ideas about reporting. Gable gives Day her sexiest kiss, to which she reacts with classic indignation before going weak in the knees. The supporting cast is fine, especially Oscar-nominated Gig Young as a tipsy playboy and Mamie Van Doren who makes an all-too-brief appearance as Gable's girlfriend, but she's on long enough to perform "The Girl Who Invented Rock and Roll," which Day reprises later, with her own va-va-va-voom! [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doris Day and Clark Gable, both step out of their usual character roles. This movie proves their capabilities as diverse, talented actors. Gig Young is also wonderful. Serious, yet very funny. Don't however, be deceived by the video jacket, the movie has NOT been colorized.