Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004
Matinee idol who made some early films at Warner Brothers, but went on to become a star at MGM. Jack Warner allegedly let him go on account of his ears being too big. Gable is probably best remembered for films such as Gone With the Wind and Mutiny on the Bounty.
Frank Tashlin made a clever pun in Speaking of the Weather (1937) by putting a series of seven Gable caricatures in front of The House of the Seven Gables. Gable also makes an appearance in Little Pancho Vanilla (Tashlin, 1938) as the bullfighter on a poster being admired by three young senoritas. Gable is the subject of a running gag in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941) in which he chases a mysterious Woman in Red who turns out to be not quite what she seems. Gable also shakes his castanet ears in The Coo-coo Nut Grove (Freleng, 1936).