Clark Gable is largely remembered as one of the glamorous menswear icons of the 1930s, along with Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, and just about every other star from the Golden Age of Hollywood. But as he aged and fashions changed, Gable evolved with the times and shed his double-breasted suits with nipped waists and squared shoulders, and settled into buttondowns, discrete ties and natural shouldered jackets. He kept the signature mustache, though. Ivy Style columnist Richard Press surmises the clothes came from Brooks Brothers or Dick Carroll of Beverly Hills.
In 1958, Gable starred opposite Doris Day, who died yesterday at the age of 97, in a film called “Teacher’s Pet.” Gable plays a tough New York newspaper editor who dresses in sack suits, buttondowns and knit and rep ties.
He somehow gets conned into lecturing at an adult night school, but after learning the instructor is furious with him, and is a hot dish like Doris Day (to each his own), he decides to pose as a student instead. Here he is learning that the shapely blonde is not a fellow student, but actually the instructor:
Naturally, he makes for a smart-alecky student, casting aspersion on everything Doris Day says:
He’s able to romance her, but she eventually finds out his ruse. That’s him dressed for the evening in white buttondown, silver tie and navy blazer:
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