Clark Gable is largely remebered 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.
Gable is seen here in a series of photos by Sid Avery taken in 1957.
Ivy Style columnist Richard Press surmises the clothes came from Brooks Brothers or Dick Carroll of Beverly Hills.
Around the same time — 1958, to be exact — Gable starred opposite Doris Day 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 (remember, there’s no accounting for taste), 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:
After chasing girl, getting girl and losing girl, it’s back to the daily grind:
I’d tell you how it ends, but you can probably already guess. And besides, our seven photos are used up. — CC