May 7-16, 1937: In search of a divorce

Gable reveals he gave wife $145,000 cash

That Clark Gable, for years a contender for Mister America screen popularity honors, drew only a paltry $108,000 for his celluloid sex appeal in 1936 is indicated in negotiations that came to light today between the caveman star and his estranged wife, Rhea Gable.

Mrs. Gable is battling through her attorney, Mendel Silberberg, for a heftier sliver of the cash the movies are pouring into Clark’s coffers. Silberberg is conferring with Edward R. Young, representing Gable.

Both sides believe they will reach an agreement in time to permit the Gable divorce suit to go into court about May 15. Gable cited figures to show that up to now he has parted with $145,000 in order to reach an amicable settlement and go on his way a carefree bachelor. He claims to have given his wife two trust funds, one of $50,000 and another of $25,000, besides $15,000 in cash. In addition, she collected half his film salary for 1936, amounting, according to the figures, to $54,000. Gable is understood to be objecting vigorously to handing over a larger share of his earnings.

The beetle-browed star moved out of his palatial West Los Angeles home several months ago and is holding bachelor hall in a suite at the Beverly Wilshire. At the moment, the Gable-Carole Lombard romance appears to be wheeling along on twelve cylinders.

Clark and Carole went to Marion Davies’ birthday party for W.R. Hearst together and their circus costumes were theatrical.

“Clark’s my twin brother,” Miss Lombard cracked.

  • May 7, 1937 – Daily News

Clark Gable Soon Free To Marry Again

Ah, there girls! It looks as though Clark Gable – for years a contender for the Mister America screen popularity honors – will soon be free to wed again! 

Wait there, now! Don’t bother getting into line. It looks, also, as though he has already chosen the lady who will be the next Mrs. Gable – none other than blonder and beauteous Carole Lombard. Their romance is wheeling right along on all twelve cylinders.

If no further legal snags clutter up Gable’s path, the Gable divorce suit, prophesied for five years, will soon be history. Money has been the root of the delay.

Back in 1932 it was said that Rhea Langham Lucas Gable was holding out for $1,800 a week alimony, which would have made quite a hole in Clark’s then $2,500 a week paycheck. Rhea – 11 years the actor’s senior – made no move to divorce Clark.

Instead, she phoned Josephine Dillon, the first Mrs. Gable, and demanded her predecessor resume her maiden name and stop calling herself Mrs. Clark Gable. She even threatened legal action. 

“I’m going to keep using my married name,” retorted Josephine, who married Clark in 1923 and divorced him in 1931.

The day after that divorce was granted Rhea became Mrs. Gable in a civil ceremony at Santa Ana, Cal. In November 1935, Mrs. G 2d admitted that she and Clark were separated. 

“Temperament,” she said. 

“Career,” said the first Mrs. Gable. She added:

“At the time of our divorce in 1931, Clark told me frankly that he wanted to marry the present Mrs. Gable because she could do more for him financially.”

If that was true, something happened to upset his plans. For in June 1936, when Clark first took his marital troubles to court, he said that during the previous September had made a settlement of $145,000 cash on his second wife. (As the mother of two children by a former husband, she could find plenty of use for that sum).

But, said Clark, “she refused to be bound by the agreement.”

Since that time there have been frequent meetings of opposing attorneys to decide whether Mrs. Gable should get a heftier slice of the cash the movies are pouring into Clark’s coffers.

  • May 16, 1937 – Daily News

May 2, 1937: No dizzy dame

Carole Lombard is tired of being a “dizzy dame” and she’s going to quit it – except now and then. 

This refers only to her screen roles; in life she’s going to continue playing insane practical jokes on film folk she likes – especially on Clark Gable, whom she has been liking best of all. But about those screen roles. 

She used to be typed as dramatic. Then “Twentieth Century” brought out the comedian in her, and ever since she’s been acting dumb – “dizzy” is her own word for it – in one part after another.

“I’m not going to let myself in for a run of ‘dizzy’ parts,” she says. Already she’s reformed some. In “Swing High, Swing Low,” she was, she says, “‘dizzy’ only part of the time.”

  • May 2, 1937 – Oakland Tribune

May 1937: Sightings & Idle Gossip

May 2, 1937 – St. Louis Globe – Carole Lombard bought Clark Gable suspenders at Director Leisen’s haberdashery…

May 3, 1937 – Daily News – The big activity in Hollywood tonight was the birthday party that Marion Davies gave for W.R. Hearst… It was a circus party, taking place under a special pitched tent at the Santa Monica beach house, with guests appearing in costume… Clark Gable and Carole Lombard went as cowboy and cowgirl and brought Mr. Hearst a Shetland pony.

May 3, 1937 – The Sacramento Bee – Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, in comfortable wild west outfits, sitting next to a table with Claudette Colbert in Indian costume.

May 6, 1937 – Chattanooga Daily Times – Carole Lombard… lives simply, and until recently in the same Hollywood house to which she moved after her divorce from William Powell in 1933 (they were married in 1931)… Is not overanxious to remarry, as she believes it is a whole-time job and she enjoys her film work too much to give it up for any man – Clark Gable included, who, incidentally, is not free to marry her.

May 7, 1937 – The Spokesman Review

May 7, 1937 – The Spokesman Review – Clark Gable, film star who was the central figure in the mail fraud trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, Englishwoman who claimed Gable was the father of her 13-year-old daughter, is pictured with Carole Lombard, actress who has been his frequent companion at screen colony social events, as they attended a theater performance recently. 

May 9, 1937 – Victoria Advocate – Theatres and nightspots were doing their biggest business with the stars over the weekend… John Barrymore and Elaine Barrie saw “Tovarich” together… Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were another pair… 

May 9, 1937 – The Spokesman – Of no importance in world affairs but it makes conversation – Carole Lombard presented her admirer, Clark Gable, with a dressing room. A new one made to order. Joan Crawford has given Franchot Tone, her husband, a dressing room as a gift. It was her discarded one. It all goes to show what marriage does to romance.

May 11, 9137 – The Pittsburgh Press – When Rhea Gable walked into that swank party on the Coast, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard walked out… 

May 13, 1937 – The San Francisco Examiner – Don’t be too surprised if you see Carole Lombard and Clark Gable headlining your nearest theater marquee in the same picture, because it isn’t a gag. Years ago, before Carole and Clark soared to the heights, they appeared in a little number titled “No Man of Her Own,” and now Paramount has had the bright idea of reissuing it to the tune of tinkling shekels and box office records wherever it is being shown. But the most amazing angle about it is that after seeing Clark and Carole together in this old one, a real campaign has been started for Gable and Lombard as Rhett Butler and Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.”

May 14, 1937 – Globe Gazette – It has been broadly hinted that Clark Gable loves Carole Lombard – that Carole still loves ex-husband William Powell – that Powell is in love with Jean Harlow – and that Jean is in love with Gable. All have been divorced at least once. Gable and Powell have been twice married; Harlow, thrice married. What a topsy-turvy situation! And there are many more just as topsy-turvy in Hollywood.

May 18, 1937 – The Gazette – Clark Gable listening to every word of Carole Lombard’s broadcast in a room full of people who were chattering like magpies…

May 18, 1937 – The Dayton Herald – Carole Lombard having lots of fun watching Clark Gable work in his “Saratoga” scenes…

May 23, 1937 – Chattanooga Daily Times – The Fashion Parade… At a recent premiere… Carole Lombard, escorted by Clark Gable, in a black silk dress, black huntsman-shaped hat and cross fox cape.

May 25, 1937 – Star Tribune – Carole Lombard spends her free time visiting Clark Gable on the set of “Saratoga.”

May 28, 1937 – Fort Worth Star – I was lolling in Clark Gable’s dressing room today when he telephoned Carole Lombard. After some priceless give-and-take kidding, he invited, “How’s about doing a little truckin’ with me tonight?” Carole apparently accepted, and after they had exchanged goodbys (long drawn out goodbys they were too), he said to me, “She’s thinking in terms of truckin’ at the Trocadero. But I’m going to ride her down the boulevard in my station wagon and pull into a sandwich stand for dinner.” Now I can hardly wait to hear what happens, for I can vision Carole in chiffons and ermine for the Troc, seated beside Gable in his station truck munching a hamburger with onions.

May 29, 1937 – The Capital Times – A possible match with Max Schmeling was the talk of the air today after New York’s Bob Pastor whipped Bob Nestell of Los Angeles last night in a heavyweight fight which had nearly 30,000 screaming fight fans, including film celebrities, on the edge of the seats for 10 rounds…. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard held hands during the tenser moments.

May 29, 1937 – The Winnipeg Tribune – Carole Lombard spending her free time visiting Clark Gable on the set of Saratoga. Incidentally, when Clark wheeled a bicycle on the sound stage recently, he was asked by Walter Pidgeon, “Is it yours?” “No,” replied Gable, “it belongs to the property department; they gave it to me and I don’t know what to do with it.” 

May 30, 1937 – St. Louis Globe – Carole Lombard spent a busman’s holiday on Metro’s “Saratoga” set… Yes, Clark Gable was working on the set…

April 24-30, 1937: The trial behind them

April 24, 1937 – Daily News

April 24, 1937 – Daily News

Gable Awaits Jury Verdict

Relaxing from drama of courtroom, preview with Carole Lombard, screen actress, Los Angeles jury convicted Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, of misusing mails in accusing Gable of paternity of daughter, 14.

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April 26, 1937 – Daily News

April 26, 1937 – Daily News

Court’s Adjourned

His role as chief government witness in the trial of Mrs. Violet Norton completed, Clark Gable relaxes at Hollywood theatre with Carole Lombard, who is something to relax with.

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April 26, 1937 – Daily News

April 26, 1937 – Princeton Daily Clarion

Gable Goes Back to Reel Life

Back on the movie lot co-starring Jean Harlow, Clark Gable declared himself sorry Mrs. Violet Wells Norton “had to come to grief” in Los Angeles court which found her guilty of misuse of the mails in her contention the famous screen lover is the father of her illegitimate daughter, Gwendoline, 13. Gable is shown with United States Attorney Jack Powell, as the trial reached conclusion.

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April 26, 1937 – The Courier

The very moment the Clark Gable trial is finished Franz Doerfer, who told of knowing him during the days he was supposed to be courting Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, will be entertained at dinner where she will meet Carole Lombard.

Miss Doerfer, a charming woman, has been besieged by countless publications with a proposition to write or tell of her early association with the movie idol. She has refused all such offers and only appeared in court because she realized the value of her testimony. Clark’s dignified and good humored behavior during the trying days in court have won him the admiration of Hollywood.

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April 27, 1937 – Chattanooga Daily Times

Extremely encouraging to would-be screen actors are those photographs of Clark Gable as a hop picker, published in connection with the government case against Violet Wells Norton, who asserts that Gable is the father of her 14-year-old child. Anything less like a future film star is difficult to imagine…

While on the subject of Clark, I sat immediately behind him and his companion, Carole Lombard, at the preview of “A Star Is Born,” the technicolor movie that satirizes Hollywood and describes the fall of an old star and the rise of the new. They laughed uproariously, and at the end Gable said, “It’s a swell picture.” But they were both rather pensive as they left the theater, reflecting, no doubt, on the brief span of screen life allotted the average star.

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April 30, 1937 – Princeton Daily Clarion

Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: An unknown femme admirer of Clark Gable giving a real zip to the six day bicycle races by offering a prize in his name; Clark and Carole Lombard in a nearby box, Harold Lloyd in another, was one of the many stars present who livened up the proceedings by offering additional cash prices to the winners. 

April 21-23, 1937: Gable takes the stand

April 21, 1937 – Miami Daily News Record

April 21, 1937 – Miami Daily News Record

Clark Gable of the screen is shown with his father, WH Gable, as he went to federal court to testify for the government in the mail fraud trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, charged with attempting to obtain money from the film lover on the claim he was the father of her daughter, Gwendoline, 13.

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April 21, 1937 – The Ottawa Citizen

Clark Gable Main Witness At Trial of Violet Norton

Clark Gable categorically denied paternity of 13-year-old Gwendolyn today in a court room besieged by hundreds of women.

The burly, dark-haired screen idol was a calm, unperturbed government witness in the mail fraud and conspiracy trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, 47, of Winnipeg.

Mrs. Norton is accused of having demanded money from Gable for support of Gwendoline, who she said was the daughter of the actor.

Gable’s testimony consisted mainly of “noes.” On direct examination he said he was never in England, certainly not in the early 20s when Mrs. Norton claimed she carried on an illicit romance with one Frank Billings. The defendant said she recognized Gable in pictures years later as Billings….

Neither Rhea Gable, the actor’s estranged wife, nor Mrs. Josephine Dillon Gable, his first wife, was in the room, nor was blond Carole Lombard, whom he has constantly escorted during the past year. But Miss Lombard’s secretary and intimate friend, Madeline Fields, was there.

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April 21, 1937 – The Kansas City Times

April 21, 1937 – The Kansas City Times

Feminine Fans Gable Failed To Dodge

When Clark Gable went to federal court in Los Angeles yesterday to testify in the mail fraud trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, he was met by a crowd of women there to wish him luck and to get a close view with the actor talking amiably. Later, however, he ducked into the district attorney’s office until the time came for him to deny from the witness stand that he was the father of Mrs. Norton’s 13-year-old daughter. 

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April 22, 1937 – The Cushing Daily Citizen

April 22, 1937 – The Cushing Daily Citizen

Defense Attorney Calls Gable to Witness Stand

WH Gable, father of Clark Gable, and Jack Powell, assistant federal attorney, in court at Los Angeles, Cal., to assist government in mail fraud trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton, who allegedly claimed that the movie actor was the father of her daughter.

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April 23, 1937 – Battle Creek Enquirer

April 23, 1937 – Battle Creek Enquirer

Clark Gable, handsome movie actor, sat in a lawyer’s office in Los Angeles and read newspapers during progress of the extortion trial of Mrs. Violet Wells Norton who once called Gable the father of her 13-year-old daughter. An excited crowd of women waited in vain for the screen lover to appear. 

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April 23, 1937 – Los Angeles Times

April 23, 1937 – Los Angeles Times

Milk Served At Star’s Press Conference

Clark Gable had a press conference yesterday while the trial of Violet Wells Norton was in progress. Milk and sandwiches were served. Gable is shown at the right and seated at the left is Asst. U.S. Atty. Powell, handling the government’s case.

April 6-21, 1937: Sideburns gone, another bout with the flu, debate about dogs

April 6, 1937 – The Sacramento Bee

Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: Clark Gable celebrating with his first real shave in seven months; he discarded the Parnell sideburns. Carole Lombard’s small party for Fieldsie a grand event with everyone talking about horses, roping cattle and ranch life.

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April 8, 1937 – Chattanooga Daily Times

The William Powell-Jean Harlow romance is jogging along comfortably, but without any exciting sizzle… Ditto the Clark Gable-Carole Lombard affair…

(Seems like Sheilah Graham was a hater!)

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April 11, 1937 – The Indianapolis Star

Many Are Unmarried, Have No Close Relatives

Hollywood contains more wealthy people per square foot than anywhere else in the world. But many of them are unmarried, a large percentage lack children, and most are younger than those nearest in the line of inheritance. 

It is interesting to speculate on who will ultimately get the money amassed by movie star millionaires. 

Take the fortune of Clark Gable. For several years, his salary has been over $6,000 a week. His popularity is still very high and there should be plenty of money to be distributed according to Clark’s last will and testament. The actor has a mother and father living, but they will, in all probability, depart this life before their son.

He is divorced from his first wife and separated from his second, but they are both older than he. Of course, he may remarry one day – although Mrs. Rhea Gable has shown no signs as yet of putting the screen lover back in circulation.

When and if she does, Gable will almost surely marry a woman younger than himself – perhaps Carole Lombard – in which case she would receive the bulk of his fortune. Meanwhile, Clark has solved part of his problem by investing heavily in annuities that cease payment with his demise.

Saves Tidy Sum.

Miss Lombard herself will have a tidy sum of money salted away by the time she calls quits with life. Carole is still under 30, and if she doesn’t wait too late will probably have children when she remarries. Failing offspring, “Fieldsie” (Madelayn Fields), her secretary-intimate, will be a wealthy woman one day.

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April 11, 1937 – Richmond Times Dispatch

Gable Saves Dog’s Dignity

One wonders what will happen to the much-talked-about Carole Lombard-Clark Gable romance in view of recent developments. For months the two stars have been seen together, have exchanged comic gifts and have been considered among Hollywood’s most amusing couples. 

Recently, however, Gable made a statement which may have put him out in Dutch with the lovely Carole. It was during a discussion of the current habit of some stars to paint the toenails of their pet dogs that Clark delivered himself a mighty dictum.

“A dog is the most dignified of animals,” he said. “It’s a shame to make him look silly by painting his nails and plucking his eyebrows and turning him into a regular caricature. My dogs are going to remain just plain dogs.”

Dog fanciers will agree that this is a truly noble sentiment. Romanticists, however, will be sorry that Clark spoke in such definite terms, for it was Carole Lombard who introduced the custom of toenail tinting. 

All Hollywood awaits further statements from either party.

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April 11, 1937 – Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph

Carole Lombard took up tennis a few years ago, and, on recent occasions, tested the ability of Alice Marble. That means she, too, like Garbo, could earn a living from the game. 

Elisa Landi is an expert horsewoman and is noted here on the West Coast for her ability to show both saddle and harness horses. Clark Gable has proved several times that he and boxing gloves are on friendly terms. In fact, Clark can hold his own with many professional boxers.

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April 13, 1937 – The Sacramento Bee

Snapshots of Hollywood: Carole Lombard is better after a weekend attack of the flu. Clark Gable gave up his weekly horseback riding and calf roping expedition to remain with her. 

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April 15, 1937 – The Ottawa Campus

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are taking a ribbing. They were so anxious to see themselves in a revival of “No Man Of Her Own” that they broke a dinner engagement. When they arrived breathlessly at the Filmarte theater they found, much to their chagrin, that the picture wouldn’t open until the next night!

“So we missed a grand dinner party,” Gable mourned, “and only got laughed at!”

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April 21, 1937 – The Courier

Norma Shearer entertaining with a small dinner, her first in many months. Carole Lombard and Clark Gable… among the guests.

April 5, 1937: ‘Handwriting Reveals Character’

April 5, 1937 – Daily News

Handwriting Reveals Character

William Powell and Carole Lombard are distinct opposite types. Mr. Powell is a complete extrovert, while Miss Lombard is an unusual highly individual introvert. Such opposite types are often attracted to each other, but there are too many differences for such a union to be lasting. 

Miss Lombard has a most difficult and complicated nature. Her poise and sophistication are an artificial veneer – have been acquired to front a sensitive, introverted, involved nature. … Miss Lombard is a non-conformist, unconventional, striving to compensate by being superior and different. 

Now both have turned to types more in harmony with their own. Jean Harlow’s writing is almost identical with Mr. Powell’s.

Clark Gable’s handwriting is large, sprawly, and undeveloped. It slants a little to the right and to the left. Just what influence Miss Lombard will have on this impressionable male remains to be seen.

His writing shows he is still in the big boy stage and he naturally would be fascinated by such an intriguing personality as Miss Lombard. She offers mystery and complications of emotions and thoughts which open a new world to him.

Will he himself developed more extrovert? Since his character is still maturing, his present choice of partners and associates is mighty important. 

  • April 5, 1937 – Daily News

April 3-5, 1937: Everyone wants C&C to work together again

April 3, 1937 – Courier Post

Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: Poor “Fieldsie” is getting nothing but the wildest gag presents for her birthday, April Fool’s Day, from Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. They’ll throw a real party for her Sunday.

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April 3, 1937 – The Napa Valley Register

So back to the cinemas to report that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are to be made the next romantic couple of the screen… they’re pals in private life… Clark is separated from his second wife… Producers who have watched William Powell and Myrna Loy panic ’em at the box offices believe that the Gable-Lombard film team would be popular indeed. 

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April 3, 1937 – Dayton Daily News

Clark Gable’s captured cougar is contraband, as far as Clark is concerned. It is locked in a cage in the studio zoo, and MGM has given the star 10 days to find a new owner for it, before he starts “Saratoga.”

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April 3, 1937 – Great Falls Tribune

I wandered onto a sound stage in search of Clark Gable the other morning and found myself in a fog scene. Synthetic fog was so thick one could barely see his hands in front of him. After a few stubbed toes and a crack on the funny bone against a wild set, I discovered my quarry off in a far corner having – of all things – a smoke. There is a rule against smoking on stages, but Gable figured nobody could see him in that fog, so what. 

“I saw Carole’s (Lombard) car outside,” I said. “Is she here?” 

“Nope, we swapped cars for the day,” Gable explained. “But you might look around.” He added, “There’s no telling who you might find in this damned fog.”

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April 5, 1937 – Democrat and Chronicle

Carole Lombard’s deal with RKO for an appearance opposite Fred Astaire being on the rocks (At least temporarily), MGM wants to land her for “Idiot’s Delight” in which she would work opposite Clark Gable… Under her new Paramount contract, Carole can do one picture outside her own studio – and this may be it… Considering the deep friendship existing there, Carole might even be tempted to shave the asking price – which is about $300,000 for that one outside picture.

March 21-31, 1937: Hold your horses

March 21, 1937 – Harrisburg Sunday Courier

Clark Gable will not only star in “Saratoga” but be property man as well. First, he loaded his race horse, Beverly Hills, for the picture. Then the horse trailer Carole Lombard gave him for a birthday present. For good measure, Clark added several horse blankets two saddles, a bridle and other racing equipment.

“It’s a pleasure, Clark grinned. “At last Beverly Hills is going to win a race. Says so right in the script.” 

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March 21, 1937 – Hartford Courant

If Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were at the race track the other day, they doubtless bet on Clarcarole, named after them…

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March 21, 1937: Victoria Advocate

Carole Lombard’s intimates don’t know whether to credit Clark Gable, her boy friend, or Mitchell Leisen, her director, but they all agree that Carole has shown more development as an actress in the last year than any other star in Hollywood.

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March 22, 1937 – The Atlanta Constitution

Clark Gable has been spending his free evenings at the Garden of Allah hotel. There’s a certain lady living there of whom he is quite fond. And her name is not Carole Lombard…

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March 30, 1937 – Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph

Life is just about complete for Carole Lombard… She now has a three-picture-a-year contract and Clark Gable.

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March 31, 1937 – The Sacramento Bee

It is a shame to spoil Clark Gable’s fun, but Carole Lombard is a friend of mine too and I think she should be warned that Clark has just purchased that two-wheeled carriage they used in Parnell. Whenever Gable purchases one of the gags for his personal use it usually turns up in Carole’s swanky front yard with a goat tied to it or something. In fact, I hear Clark is dickering for an old thin nanny right now.

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March 31, 1937 – The St. Louis Star and Times

The Brown Derby was packed. … Clark Gable was whispering in one of Carole Lombard’s pretty ears.

March 19-20, 1936: No ‘sweetie trading’ for C&C

March 19, 1937 – Dayton Daily News

Sweetie-Trading Latest of the Hollywood Fads

If psychologists ever decided to select a Utopian center for the well-balanced mind, Hollywood would never be seriously considered in the voting. To all appearances Hollywood is crazy, as most of the world will agree, but a thorough look behind the cogs of it, its gigantic exploitation machine might disclose that it is only crazy like the fox.

Almost every move Hollywood makes is carefully planned in advance.  Occasionally someone will go out on a shooting tangent, others will forget starving relatives and still others will keep diaries, but those remote occurrences are never countenanced by the publicity machine. This machine attempts to censor as it operates, but it thrives on eccentricities. …

But the latest bit of idiosyncrasy to be fed into the machine is more difficult than most to fit into classification. It concerns the growing tendency on the part of name players, particularly the feminine stars, to lend their boy friends to rivals. …

Only recently Barbara Stanwyck, whose romance with Robert Taylor has been aired in the public prints for more than a year, consented to Bob’s accompanying Jean Harlow to the President’s Ball at Washington. Of course, that was a studio order for a publicity coup, and Barbara got Bob back….

About the only going-together stars in Hollywood who haven’t consented to one of these temporary trading propositions are Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. In the first place, both are important enough to draw plenty of publicity without resorting to that sort of thing; secondly, they seem too fond of each other’s company to chance even a brief change of companionship. 

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March 20, 1937 – Salt Lake Telegram

Romantic couples in real life are being given their chances as companions in reel life, a survey shows. It has been discovered, film producers say, that motion picture audiences are anxious to watch screen performances of a couple who are known to be in love off the screen as well as on.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, whose romance in real life is at present a favorite subject among film fans, are to be brought together in a film soon, if plans materialize. 

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