This smooth vehicle for Clark Gable about the advertising
industry features fast pacing that perfectly echoes the industry
it points it sharp wit at. Combining the biting satire with an
elegant romance between Gable and English Deborah Kerr in her
first American film balances the acid of the film nicely.
Vic Norman (Gable) is newly back from the war and can't wait to
break back onto the ad scene. Norman quick cons agency owner
Kimberley, played dripping obsequious oil by Adolph Menjou, into
hiring him to handle the beauty soap account. Beauty soap is
helmed by one Evan Llewellyn Evans, drawn by Sydney Greenstreet
in one of the most thoroughly disgusting screen
characterizations in memory. Greenstreet spews forth his power
in the crudest possible way with delicious irony as even having
the faintest connection to anything related to beauty. During
the course of his relationship with Beauty Soap and his growing
love for socialite Kay Dorrance (Kerr), Norman is forced to
discover himself all over again.
Gable is strong enough to cope with Greenstreet, confident
enough to manipulate Menjou, and charming enough to win Kerr. On
hand is beautiful Ava Gardner as a night club singer and former
Gable love, Edward Arnold in a finely sensitive portrait of a
Hollywood agent, and Keenan Wynn as a raucously abrasive washed
Director Jack Conway helming his fifth and last collaboration
with Gable is comfortably in command of the production.
Ultimately, this is a very satisfying film that measures up on
many levels. The performances are top draw, Gable and Kerr a
fine chemical mix, and much of the wit memorable. "Love
The source material for the disc is in very good condition and
the transfer has provided excellently balanced blacks and whites
on the disc. The clean pressing has little unwanted video noise
and the mono soundtrack is without annoying hiss.