Marion Ross, Teacher's Pet (1958)
Paramount Pictures' 1958 romantic-comedy film "Teacher's Pet" included cast members Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 - November 16, 1960), Doris Day (b. April 3, 1922), Gig Young (November 4, 1913 - October 19, 1978), Nick Adams (July 10, 1931 - February 7, 1968), Mamie Van Doren (b. February 6, 1931), Peter Baldwin (b. January 11, 1931), Marion Ross (b. October 25, 1928), Vivian Nathan (October 25, 1916 - April 3, 2015), Harry Antrim (August 27, 1884 - January 18, 1967), and Sandra Gould (July 23, 1916 - July 20, 1999). Legendary Oscar winner Edith Head (October 28, 1897 - October 24, 1981) was the costume designer.
The film was released in Denmark with the title "Min yndlingspige" ("My Favorite Girl"), in Spain as "Enséñame a querer" ("Teach Me to Love"), and in Hungary as "A nagy riport" ("The Big Interview"). "Teacher's Pet" was nominated for two Oscars (Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gig Young, and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen). Gable and Young were also nominated for Golden Globe awards.
Film's story-line, via IMDb:
James Gannon, the hardboiled city editor of a newspaper, believes that the only way to learn the business is by way of the School of Hard Knocks, and has a very low regard for college-taught journalism, so he's not pleased when his managing editor orders him to help Erica Stone, a college professor, with her journalism class. Finding himself attracted to her, he pretends to be a student in her class, not revealing he's Gannon, whom she despises. As they bob and weave around their mutual growing attraction, they both begin to gain respect for each other's approaches to reporting news, but how will Erica react when she finds out who he really is?
Some film trivia, via IMDb:
The movie was deliberately filmed in black & white in an attempt to disguise Clark Gable's age and weight. The character of Jim Gannon was originally supposed to be a reporter. However, when veteran star Gable was cast it was decided to make him an editor instead. Cary Grant and James Stewart both turned down the role of James Gannon because they knew they were too old for the part.
The script by Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin was first written as a drama. When they were turned down by every studio they submitted it to, they rewrote it as a comedy. Paramount Studios immediately purchased the property.
Many critics questioned why Erica would have been treating Gannon as a young journalistic prodigy when he is clearly close to retirement age.
Although most critics felt that Clark Gable was badly miscast due to his age, his performance was judged good enough for Burt Lancaster to cast him as a dying submarine captain in "Run Silent Run Deep" (1958).
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