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      But Not for Me

      Released Aug 19, 1959 1h 45m Romance Comedy List
      Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Out of hit ideas and seemingly in the twilight of his career, Broadway producer Russ Ward (Clark Gable) decides to give up the game. But when Russ lays off his nubile secretary, Ellie Brown (Carroll Baker), she shocks him with a declaration of love. Inspired, Ward commands playwright MacDonald (Lee J. Cobb) to rewrite his latest show as a May-December romance starring Brown herself. Ward struggles to make a comeback as his ex-wife, Kathryn (Lilli Palmer), plots to end his new relationship. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      steve d cute and Gable is still a lot of fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Frances H A nice little film comedy, but dated for 1959--the screen play was from 1935, the era when Broadway and Hollywood did this sort of thing so well. They were still doing it well in 1959, but the audience had changed by then, and this sort of plot line was sadly outdated, the last of a long line of naive comedy of manners that no longer existed. Carroll Baker's next big hit, The Carpetbaggers. was more a sign of the times. Clark Gable would do The Misfits and then die. Hollywood was changing and would never go back. An era had ended and this sort of film was it's dying gasp, albeit a pleasant one. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/02/14 Full Review Audience Member But Not for Me (1959) This movie named after the old Gershwin brothers song, is another, much later Clark Gable romantic comedy that came along the same lines as Teacher's Pet (1958) or It Started in Naples (1960) where Gable, although still very much the romantic lead, seems to be the brunt of every "age joke". Here, he's Russell Ward, an over-worked Broadway producer, with alimony to his ex-Wife, Kathryn (Lilli Palmer) and a few bombed plays behind him. Russ is trying to get a play going by a difficult author, Jeremiah MacDonald (Lee J. Cobb). But, the play is having some difficulties getting funding because the subject is of an older man pursewing a younger woman. When Russ finally decides that this is a good time to retire and give everyone their notice, his young private secretary, Ellie Borden (Carroll Baker) confesses that she's been madly in love with him. This gives Russ the angle to the play that he's been needing, and he re-starts his efforts to get the play going again. Naturally, he wants Ellie in the starring role. Kathryn is the third wheel, always there to remind Russ that he can't be serious, while fellow actor, and much more age appropriate Gordon Reynolds (Barry Coe) is patiently waiting for Ellie to come to her senses. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Charmer finds Gable at near the end of his career still fully in command of his star power as a somewhat roguish producer who is juggling both personal and professional issues. Lilli Palmer is an excellent match for him, her continental charm playing off his brusk exasperation with surprising ease. She's so good it's a shame her role is rather small but she makes every moment she's on screen memorable and you miss her when she's out of the picture. Lee J. Cobb likewise makes his modest role seem more than it is by filling it with his magnetic presence. The kind of breezy star vehicle that is rarely if ever made today, spotlighting the star but loaded with talent in almost every role. Competently directed and as an added bonus Ella Fitzgerald sings the title tune over the credits. For Gable fans this is a must! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Although past his prime, Clark Gable is still entertaining as a Broadway producer and heartbreaker. Worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Out of hit ideas and seemingly in the twilight of his career, Broadway producer Russ Ward (Clark Gable) decides to give up the game. But when Russ lays off his nubile secretary, Ellie Brown (Carroll Baker), she shocks him with a declaration of love. Inspired, Ward commands playwright MacDonald (Lee J. Cobb) to rewrite his latest show as a May-December romance starring Brown herself. Ward struggles to make a comeback as his ex-wife, Kathryn (Lilli Palmer), plots to end his new relationship.
      Director
      Walter Lang
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 19, 1959, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 4, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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