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Teacher's Pet (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 April 1958 (USA)
A hard-nosed newspaper editor poses as a night school student in order to woo a journalism teacher who cannot stand him.

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George Seaton
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... James Gannon
Doris Day ... Erica Stone
Gig Young ... Dr. Hugo Pine
Mamie Van Doren ... Peggy DeFore
Nick Adams ... Barney Kovac
Peter Baldwin ... Harold Miller
Marion Ross ... Katy Fuller
Charles Lane ... Roy
Jack Albertson ... Guide
Florenz Ames ... J.R. Ballantyne
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Edna Kovac
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Storyline

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? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enséñame a querer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Striving for authenticity in the newspaper city room scenes, producer William Perlberg and director George Seaton cast 67 members of the nation's press in the movie, 53 of whom were flown to Hollywood from 31 states and Canada; the rest were from the Hollywood press corps. See more »

Goofs

Gannon is obviously close to retirement age, so why does Erica treat him like a young journalistic prodigy? See more »

Quotes

James Gannon: How could you give up a real newspaper job for teaching?
Erica Stone: Well, that's a very good question, Mr. Gallagher. Maybe for the same reason that occasionally a musician wants to be a conductor, he wants to hear a hundred people play music the way he hears it.
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Referenced in The Family Game (1983) See more »

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Teacher's Pet Mambo
Words and Music by Joe Lubin
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Doris Day and Clark Gable. Together.
7 June 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This sole teaming between jolly blonde Doris Day and charismatic Clark Gable works so well you wish that there had been more opportunities for them to appear on film together. Still, we have to content ourselves with this tale – where newspaper hack Gable goes to night class to learn journalism from Day, the daughter of a leading entrepreneur in the field of ‘real news'.

About five minutes in you know where this story is leading, but it sure is fun seeing it get there. Of great value in the cast is smarmy Gig Young as the perfect writer and the perfect intellectual (and the perfect foil to get on Gable's nerves). You'll also spot Mamie Van Doren, that low-rent version of Marilyn Monroe, as Gable's showgirl cutie in a few scenes.

‘Teacher's Pet' is one of the unsung successes of Doris Day's run of romantic comedies. Go on, treat yourself to an exceptional example of the genre.


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