Still in a mood for fun when the party ended, Gable and Lombard decided to visit the amusement pier at nearby Venice. Lombard had once rented the entire place for one of her wacky parties, so the owners had shown their appreciation by giving her a life-time pass. She took Gable for free rides on the roller-coaster, bumper cars, Ferris wheel, and other attractions. They held hands and necked like teenagers.
Irene Fellara: Here we are, on a mountain peak in Bedlam. Tonight war is breaking over the world. And all you worry about is whether I am a girl you once casually met in Oma - ha-ha-ha. Harry Van: Ha-ha-ha. Did I say it was casual?
The most in love woman in all Hollywood—Carole Lombard. Watch pictures of Clark and Carole together. Carole either clings lovingly to her husband’s arm or gazes adoringly into Clark’s eyes. She completely submerges herself into one with Gable and openly tells the world with her eyes, “I love this man. He is mine.” For the most in love [girl] we dare you to find any that surpasses Carole Lombard with her Clark. - May 1941
Gone With Wind : At nearly four hours long, this is the longest running of all movies to win the Best Picture Academy Award.
- Vivien Leigh later said that she hated kissing Clark Gable because of his bad breath, probably caused by his false teeth, a result of excessive smoking.
- Three of the four principal actors–Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable–died at relatively young ages. Olivia de Havilland outlived them all by at least 40 years and is the only one who remains alive (as of 2014). Ironically, her character is the only one who dies in the film.
Casablanca: “Here’s looking at you, kid” was improvised by Humphrey Bogart in the Parisian scenes and worked so well that it was used later on again in the film.
- Humphrey Bogart’s wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Ingrid Bergman, often confronting him in his dressing room before a shot. Bogart would come onto the set in a rage. In fact, despite the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Bogart and Bergman, they hardly spoke.
Rebel Without a Cause : T-shirt sales soared after James Dean wore one in this film.
- The opening scene in the movie with Jim Stark and the toy monkey was improvised by James Dean after the production had been shooting for nearly 24 hours straight. He asked Nicholas Ray to roll the camera, that he wanted to do something. Ray obliged and the improvisation went on to become the famous opening scene.
- The film was originally going to contain a kiss between James Dean and Sal Mineo.
Singin’ in the Rain : Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds for not being able to dance. Fred Astaire, who was hanging around the studio, found her crying under a piano and helped her with her dancing.
- The “Singing in the Rain” number took all day to set up –and Gene Kelly was very ill (some say with a fever over 101).the director was ready to send him home. He ad-libbed most of it and it only took one take - which is what you see on film.
Wizard of Oz : Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested.
- A recent study claimed that this is the most watched movie in film history, largely due to the number of television screenings each year as well as the various video/DVD releases, which have enabled children of every generation to see it.
- The ruby slippers were silver (like in the book) until MGM chief Louis B. Mayer realized that the Technicolor production would benefit from the slippers being colored.
Breakfast At Tiffanys : Although not visible on camera, hundreds of onlookers watched Audrey Hepburn’s window-shopping scene at the start of the film. This made her nervous and she kept making mistakes. It wasn’t until a crew member nearly got electrocuted behind the camera that she pulled herself together and finished the scene.
- Holly’s whistle when she hails a cab for Paul was actually dubbed in. Audrey Hepburn attempted to learn how to whistle with two fingers, but could never produce the desired sound.
- Hepburn was very self-conscious of her performance while Capote was on set as she felt inadequate as the Holly he had envisioned.
A Streetcar Named Desire : Fitted t-shirts could not be bought at the time, so Marlon Brando’s apparel had to be washed several times and then the back stitched up, to appear tightly over the actor’s chest.
- There was some bad blood between Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando at the beginning of the shoot, but these conflicts had nothing to do with acting style. Brando was simply annoyed at Leigh’s typically British manners and stuffiness. The two acting giants eventually became friends as the shoot progressed.
Remembering Clark Gable on his birthday (1 February 1901 - 16 November 1960)
“There’s no special light that shines inside me and makes me a star. I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping me–that’s all.”
“Between Pictures…Clark Gable usually can be found tinkering with his car, turning it up for some jaunt to mountains or lake and a hunting or fishing expedition. He has completed his role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “San Francisco”, also starring Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy, directed by W.S. Van Dyke and produced by Bernard Hyman and John Emerson.”