Who is the true King of Hollywood?
By Carl Halling
February 12, 2007 2:15pm CST
Once upon a time, not so long ago, an actor called Clark Gable was crowned King of Hollywood; he is perhaps best known for playing Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind". Today, sadly many no longer even remember Gable. So, who is the King of Hollywood today? The greatest film star of them all?
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• United States
8 May 07
I know Clark Gable. I liked him in Mogambo better than Gone With The Wind. The closest "King Of Hollywood" is either Tom Cruise or John Travolta. These two have made many blockbusters and that is what makes them King.Back when Gable was king, the studios were lead by men with vision.Now many movie studios are owned by big corporations and the bottom line is all that counts.and it is hard because when Gable was on the silver screen, there was only movies, There wasn't t.v. and the internet and video games to compete with.
• United Kingdom
9 May 07
Wasn't "Mogambo" a remake of "Red Dust", also starring Gable, but opposite Harlow rather than Gardner? Great movies continue to be made. But it could be said they are rarer today; and yet today's technological advances are capable of producing some truly sensational films.
• United Kingdom
10 May 07
I've seen them both. I have a memory of Harlow vociferously complaining about Clark's penchant for "a classy English dame" or something of that kind (played by Mary Astor I think). When I first saw a photo of Harlow, I can recall being most impressed by her amazing platinum hair; and then Lombard too: I just thought she was so gorgeous! I paid less attention to "Mogambo"; but I liked Ava G.
13 Feb 07
Clark Gable: every young girl's heart throb! Have you watched Gone With the Wind in recent years? I did, and I was struck by his poor acting. I'm sorry if I offend you, but really, his acting was so hammy! Whi is the king today? I don't see many movies, but I must admit to liking Sean Connery.
13 Feb 07
Actually I was disappointed when I eventually saw it. It had a special memory for me. During the war in England, my mother had to work on Saturdays. While children were not allowed unattended in a cinema, she had an arrangement with the projectionist that my sister and I could sit near the box, so every Saturday we went to the movies. Except one Saturday. My uncle came and took us elsewhere. The cinema was bombed and many were killed. The newspapers had the headline "Cinema Goes With the Wind". Yes, that film was showing. I always wanted to see it, but when I finally did, I was disappointed.