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his first play. He toured in stock theatre companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of a theatre manager After several failed screen tests, Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM. His love scene with bra-less Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM's most important star. As Norma Shearer, one of his leading ladies, recalled, "It was Clark who made villains popular. Instead of the audience wanting the good guy to get the girl, they wanted the heavy to win her." While shooting the scene in It Happened One Night where he undresses, Clark Gable had trouble removing his undershirt while keeping his humorous flow going because it took too long. As a result the undershirt was abandoned. It then became cool to not wear an undershirt which resulted in a large drop in undershirt sales around the country. Legend has it that in response, some underwear manufacturers tried to sue Columbia. Gable was the public's first (and only) choice for the role of Rhett Butler in the eagerly awaited film version of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. The film's producer, David O. Selznick, faced several obstacles in order to get Clark, but when he approached Clark to do the part, Clark turned it down because he felt that the public knew the character in the bestselling novel so well that his interpretation of the character would never be able to please them all. However, eventually Clark signed and made film history as Rhett Butler. When he spoke his closing line, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," he introduced swearing to the screen. His performance earned him another Oscar nomination. With each subsequent re-release of the film, Gable gained more fans (and the film earned more at the box office, with a recent total at nearly $200,000,000).
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