Teachers Pet on DVD
Teachers Pet is a delightfully silly yet smart romantic
comedy, and it's wonderful to see it again after so many years.
Clark Gable is Jim Gannon, tough as nails city editor for the New
York Evening Chronicle, a self taught and self made man who looks down on
formally educated journalists, partly as a defence mechanism for his feelings
of inadequacy for not having even a high school diploma to his credit.
He ridicules journalism schools and, when asked to give a guest
lecture at one, sends a disdainful and rude letter to the teacher. But even a
city editor answers to someone, and in this case its the publisher, who
is involved with the college in question and very much wants to help.
So Gannon is ordered out to the class and when he shows up it
turns out the teacher is Erica Stone, daughter of a famous Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaperman - and shes also attractive, smart and full of
class (who else but Doris Day could we be referring to?).
Well the sparks fly, firey sparks between Stone and Gannon, who
never actually meet as such until near the movies end, and romantic
sparks aplenty between Stone and Gallagher, the persona Gannon pulls out of a
hat when he decides to enroll in her class as a ringer and really show them
what journalism is about.
Gable and Day are both great as the crusty old editor and his
idealistic young nemesis. They have great chemistry, and magnetism. Day comes
off not as the virgin by which she has been stereotyped but as a sexy and smart
gal who knows what she wants. Why, her character even invites Gallagher/Gannon
up to her apartment!
Gig Young is terrific as Dr. Hugo Pine, famous shrink and
academic, a guy who represents everything that Gannon hates. Except that Pine
is such a great guy its impossible for even Gannon to hate him. Mamie Van
Doren plays a sexpot night club singer who personifies the differences between
Gannons world and Stones. And keep your eye out for a young Marion
Ross, who went on to fame as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days.
Its a neat script, even though you know from the first frame
how its going to turn out. But writers Fay and Michael Kanin have crafted
a romantic comedy that also has something to say, and they manage to do it
without beating you over the head with it.
The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen, which is wonderful.
The black and white picture is generally sharp and clean and the mono audio is
Alas, there are no extras. Our review copy didnt even have a
paper insert with a chapter listing, though this doesnt necessarily mean
store-bought copies wont; review copies often dont have the printed
material of retail versions. But Paramount usually does, so who can say?
Still, when push comes to shove its the movie that counts
and ones a goodie!
Teachers Pet, from Paramount Home Entertainment
anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital
Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young, Mamie Van Doren
Produced by William
Written by Fay and Michael Kanin, directed by George Seaton
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