- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Cynical newshounds cracking wise. Chorus cuties tapping Broadway tunes. A heavyweight battling his way to boxing glory. Boy-meets-girl romance. Snappy patter. Golden Era stars. For fans of classic '30s comedies, any of these elements means great fun. Well fans, Cain and Mabel has 'em all!
The story follows prizefighter Larry Cain (Clark Gable) and hoofer Mabel O'Dare (Marion Davies), who fake a romance to drum up a little free publicity. They're both thinking careers, not romance. In fact, it's hate at first sight for the bruiser and the blonde, until a hot smooch over a skillet of sizzling pork chops changes them from sparring partners to just plain partners. But the tabloids aren't through with them yet... .
Previously (and uncomfortably) co-starred in POLLY AT THE CIRCUS, Marion Davies and Clark Gable were reteamed in CAIN AND MABEL, reportedly on the demand of Davies' "sponsor" William Randolph Hearst. The story concerns a hash slinger-turned-Broadway-star named Mabel O'Dare (Davies, endearingly miscast) whose career is in the hands of hotshot publicist Reilly (Roscoe Karns). To stir up interest in Mabel's latest musical show, Karns cooks up a phony romance between his client and boxing champ Larry Cain (Gable) -- even though Mabel and Cain have already developed a healthy dislike for one another. Unfortunately, Karns' brainstorm turns out to be a drizzle: Mabel's show is a flop, and Cain begins losing in the ring. By the time Cain and Mabel have fallen in love for real, both parties have had to virtually abandon their careers as proof that it is for real. Most of the comedy setpieces in the film fall flat, save for a terrific bit near the end: Told that "The show must go on!," a disconsolate Mabel asks "Why'" -- and no one can come up with a good answer! This is the film in which a studio stagehand allegedly pops up during one of the production numbers, but don't kill yourself looking for him. PS: The handsome actor billed as David Carlyle later enjoyed a substantial screen career as Robert Paige.