I Frankly Don’t Give A D—N

Recently a copyright lawyer came after me over a shot of Clark Gable I ran a number of years ago. I took that one down, but, undaunted, here’s another one of the Hollywood legend.

There are still a few days left in November/Movember, enough to show that a pencil-think mustache goes with a buttondown collar. — CC

10 Comments on "I Frankly Don’t Give A D—N"

  1. Carmelo Pugliatti | November 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm |

    In that picture he had a darted double breasted.
    Good old times.

  2. Watch the movie “Teacher’s Pet” for Gable in Brooks 3/2 gaberdine suit, BB BDOC shirt, knit tie and Locke & Co. hat.

  3. Clark Gable had to really fight for the right to fight–that is, to fly combat missions in WWII. The Army Air Forces wanted him to make training films. In the end he did both.

    “During one of the missions, Gable’s aircraft was damaged by flak and attacked by fighters, which knocked out one of the engines and shot up the stabilizer. In the raid on Germany, one crewman was killed and two others were wounded, and flak went through Gable’s boot and narrowly missed his head. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign its most valuable screen actor to noncombat duty.” (Wikipedia)

    I respect him for that. His rugged good looks and sense of dress are also admirable, not to mention his dedication to American values, but these pale in comparison to his willingness to put his mortal body “between his loved home and the war’s desolation”.

  4. Charlottesville | November 27, 2018 at 10:44 am |

    Thanks for the picture, Christian. Truly a style icon.

    Cuff Shooter — Thanks for the reminder of Mr. Gable’s wartime service. Very much like that of Jimmy Stewart.

  5. It should be “Frankly, I don’t give a d$&m.” Don’t split your infinitives, so to speak.

  6. Grey Flannels | November 27, 2018 at 2:31 pm |

    Mitchell,
    That’s not a split infinitive.

  7. Looking at Gable–pre-Heyday. The thick, wavy, combed-back hair, the (not quite Guardsman’s) mustache. There was an elegance to/about pre-Heyday incarnations of the style in question.

    And look at that OCBD collar. Tie space looks to be 1/2 inch or more.

  8. I boldly go into the realm of split-infinitives.

  9. Great photo. David Niven also sported a similar mustache. Check him out in Bonjour Trieste – another stylish icon.

  10. elder prep | April 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm |

    A member of Hollywood’s greatest generation.

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