Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan
Part of the Biography television series from A&E, this documentary reviews the career and personal life of the famous film actor Clark Gable. Born in Cadiz, Ohio and leaving school at age 14, Gable worked at various industrial jobs, from oilfield handyman to telephone repairman before joining a small theatrical stock company in 1918. For several years he acted in productions from New York City to Oregon. In 1924 he got into Hollywood movies as an extra, then enjoyed a hit on Broadway in Machinal (1928); he returned to launch his movie career in 1931 when he became a hit in The Painted Desert and made 11 other movies that year. After he won an Academy Award for It Happened One Night (1934), he became "King of Hollywood" and everybody's choice for Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). After his third wife, Carole Lombard, died in a plane crash in 1942, he joined the US 8th Air Force and was decorated for bomber combat missions. On returning to Hollywood, he never quite got his career back on track, although he remained popular with older fans. He died shortly after The Misfits (1961) was finished.