Teacher's Pet

(George Seaton, USA, 1958)


Although fans of Hollywood romantic comedy often tend to fixate on the 1930s and '40s as the Golden Era of this genre, the '50s also have a lot to offer – particularly the unfairly maligned oeuvre of Doris Day.

This terrific film plays out a complicated game of social and personal differences between Day as a bookish journalism teacher and Clark Gable, hard-bitten newspaper editor from the School of Hard Knocks.

Full of revelations and reversals, it contains a particularly wonderful scene involving Day's refined boyfriend Gig Young and his relation to supposedly primitive black music.

© Adrian Martin December 1992

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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