Gable is a hard-boiled newspaperman who thinks that those who learned the business in a college don't know what they are writing about. A professor at a local college has asked him to guest-lecture at an evening session, and he writes a scathing letter in response. When his boss orders him
to comply with the professor's wish, he reluctantly drags himself to the class and walks in late, just in time to hear the teacher, Day, commenting on the letter he's written. Gable figures he'd better just sit there and pretend to be a student. Day's late father was a Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist, and she uses his work as an example for the class. She is dating psychologist Young, but Gable, who is rapidly falling for Day, gets the rival out of the way adroitly. He also helps Day to see the work of her father, whom she idolizes, more realistically. Gable continues to pose as a
student throughout all this, and his work is so good that Day tries to get him a job at the local paper. When the publisher whom she visits calls in his editor, who, of course, turns out to be Gable, she is miffed. Then Gable learns that one of his own reporters is, in fact, a former student of
Day; Gable and Day make up and love rears its head for good.
The film is filled with delightful moments. For example, Van Doren does a striptease and sweet, virginal Day emulates her in an apple-pie fashion that sets Gable's temperature rising. Young's farcical performance as the lovelorn suitor is so good that he was nominated for an Oscar for this role.
The newspaper office is filled with real-life reporters, many of whom have never before been seen on film, and all of whom ham it up. The major problem with the film is Gable's overdone performance. Like Paul Newman, who never has learned the delicate art of comedy, Gable mistook mugging for
acting and was almost a parody of himself. And yet, 21 years before, he had handled the same light comedy chores in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, winning an Oscar. Admittedly, Gable was better than Newman at the light stuff, but he seems to be trying too hard here and the insouciance is lost. The movie
also screamed to be in color. Joe Lubin, who had written tunes before for Day movies such as PILLOW TALK, wrote two more for this, "Teacher's Pet" and "The Girl Who Invented Rock and Roll." Marion Ross and Jack Albertson show their comedy timing, and a good performance is brought in by young Nick
Adams. It's really a one-joke premise, but the Oscar-nominated script by Fay and Michael Kanin and the amiable acting by most of the cast make this one enjoyable. Young nabbed a Supporting Actor nomination as well.
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