In 1931, Clark Gable was a supporting villain in the Barbara Stanwyck vehicle Night Nurse. Two decades later, Gable and Stanwyck were on equal footing in MGM's To Please a Lady. Gable is cast as professional race-car driver Mike Brannan, while Stanwyck plays columnist Regina Forbes. Believing that Mike is responsible for the death of a fellow racer, Regina savagely attacks him in print and on radio. Their adversarial relationship eventually warms up into romance, but it will take a conspicuous act of self-sacrifice on Mike's part before a happy ending can be realized. The climax of To Please a Lady takes place during the Indianapolis 500, an event represented by miles and miles of exciting "actuality" footage.
by Hal Erickson synopsis
track [track and field]