One of Hollywood's most famous couples, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, starred together in only one film, 1932's NO MAN OF HER OWN. Their screen chemistry is electric, and it's cinema's loss that they never worked together again.
Gable plays Jerry, a New York City card sharp who takes a sabbatical in a small town when law enforcement starts circling too close. He meets a feisty librarian, Connie (Lombard), who is tired of her routine life, and before much time passes they marry and head back to the big city.
Jerry tries to keep Connie from finding out how he makes money, going so far as to get an office job during the day as a cover. As time passes, Jerry discovers that an honest life with Connie by his side might be what he wants, but will he be able to reform?
Gable and Lombard are terrific together, and the sparks really fly when they're on screen. They're a very appealing couple in a solid, well-done pre-Code story which I look forward to watching again in the future.
At the time NO MAN OF HER OWN was filmed, Gable and Lombard were each married to others (Lombard to William Powell); they didn't marry until several years later, in 1939. They had been married just short of three years when Lombard died in a plane crash on a war bond tour.
The supporting cast includes Grant Mitchell, Elizabeth Patterson, Dorothy Mackaill, Charley Grapewin, and J. Farrell MacDonald. The movie runs 85 minutes.
NO MAN OF HER OWN was directed by Wesley Ruggles, younger brother of actor Charlie Ruggles. Wesley Ruggles directed movies for three decades, beginning in 1917 and ending in 1946. He was Oscar-nominated as Best Director for CIMARRON (1931), which won Best Picture.
This film is available on both VHS and DVD. A review of the DVD is available here.
It has also been shown on Turner Classic Movies.