Clark Gable: Tormented StarPaperback
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- Publisher: JR Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 197mm x 20mm | 191g
- Publication date: 23 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 190677966X
- ISBN 13: 9781906779665
- Illustrations note: ports.
- Sales rank: 530,306
Gable was perceived as the archetypal Hollywood superman, the kind of man that women lusted after and their husbands envied. However, as David Bret reveals in this powerful biography, in the early days of his career, with his squinty teeth and fondness for men as well as woman, he was anything but the wholesome figure he appeared. Gable was adopted by the 'Sewing Circle' - the group that included Jean Harlow and, ironically, Carole Lombard, the great love of his life. Bret also reveals how Gable's wartime 'heroics', which saw him promoted through the ranks from Private to Major in less than a year, were no more than an elaborate publicity stunt. Like an earlier paternity suit, it was an exercise dreamed up by studio chief, Louis B. Mayer to promote and protect Gable's image. After ending an affair with Ben Maddox in 1942, Gable seems to have 'gone straight', from which point Bret moves into more familiar territory, focusing on Gable's great movies including Gone With the Wind and on his affairs with Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and other famous stars. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material, Bret pulls no punches in this star-studded story of Gable's life, told with candour and panache. David Bret is one of Britain's leading showbusiness biographers, and an authority on the chanson. His many highly successful books incllde: Edth Piaf, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Errol Flynn and the soon to be published Mario Lanza (all from JR Books)
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David Bret is the author of Doris Day: Reluctant Star, Erroll Flynn: Satan's Angel, Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr, Piaf: A Passionate Life, and Rock Hudson.
By Mark 23 Jan 2012
Not so much a 'character study' as it is an assassination of one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of all time.
Mr Bret offers no insight or investigation into Gable's life, rather he relies upon unsubstantiated rumor and muckraking and fleshes them out into a 304-page gossip column piece.
I eagerly await Mr Bret's next work, which will no doubt be an expose on John Wayne's homosexual liasons with Chairman Mao.
I regret even having to give this piece of trash one star, which is to make it an insult to all other books which have been rated using the same system.
Avoid this one like the plague.