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What distinguishes Long Live The King from most other biographies is the quality of research and depth of insight which penetrates the cloak of legend surrounding this complex, fascinating individual. From studio archives and other primary source material never before published or made known, emerges an engrossing portrait, not only of Gable but of the bygone Hollywood in What distinguishes Long Live The King from most other biographies is the quality of research and depth of insight which penetrates the cloak of legend surrounding this complex, fascinating individual. From studio archives and other primary source material never before published or made known, emerges an engrossing portrait, not only of Gable but of the bygone Hollywood in which he worked.


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What distinguishes Long Live The King from most other biographies is the quality of research and depth of insight which penetrates the cloak of legend surrounding this complex, fascinating individual. From studio archives and other primary source material never before published or made known, emerges an engrossing portrait, not only of Gable but of the bygone Hollywood in What distinguishes Long Live The King from most other biographies is the quality of research and depth of insight which penetrates the cloak of legend surrounding this complex, fascinating individual. From studio archives and other primary source material never before published or made known, emerges an engrossing portrait, not only of Gable but of the bygone Hollywood in which he worked.

30 review for Long Live the King: A Biography of Clark Gable

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I read this book in 6 sittings. Being a huge Hollywood history fan, I particularly liked the info regarding the lives of movie stars in the 30's, 40's and 50's. My parents worshipped Clark Gable, so that was some motivation for reading the book. This is a very favorable look at Clark Gable, as well as almost everyone else. It is gossipy, but I don't recall any real scandalous information revealed. The details from the movies in his career are very interesting, and memorable. I strongly recommend I read this book in 6 sittings. Being a huge Hollywood history fan, I particularly liked the info regarding the lives of movie stars in the 30's, 40's and 50's. My parents worshipped Clark Gable, so that was some motivation for reading the book. This is a very favorable look at Clark Gable, as well as almost everyone else. It is gossipy, but I don't recall any real scandalous information revealed. The details from the movies in his career are very interesting, and memorable. I strongly recommend this book if you're interested in Hollywood history.....loved GWTW.....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Too many rabbit trails of Freudian psychology, but other than that I enjoyed the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Another book I wore out. I was fascinated by Gable and Lombard.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Concerning biographies of Hollywood celebrities sometimes the books written in the 1970s-1980 are well worth tracking down as the writers had the ability to do first-person interviews of people that knew the subjects and who (perhaps) did not normally speak on the record. "Long Live the King" is certainly one of those books. If anyone wants to learn more about actor Clark Gable, I would start with Ms. Tornabene's book. There are two subsequent books that dealt with Clark Gable that are worth rea Concerning biographies of Hollywood celebrities sometimes the books written in the 1970s-1980 are well worth tracking down as the writers had the ability to do first-person interviews of people that knew the subjects and who (perhaps) did not normally speak on the record. "Long Live the King" is certainly one of those books. If anyone wants to learn more about actor Clark Gable, I would start with Ms. Tornabene's book. There are two subsequent books that dealt with Clark Gable that are worth reading, notably the book written by his and Loretta Young's daughter Judy Lewis, and the Robert Matzen book written about Carole Lombard, "Fireball". A very good read; should be easy to find as it was published both in hardback edition and trade paperback.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A very interesting and arresting biography of Clark Gable. The story of Gable, one, if not the most favored movie star during the"golden age" of Hollywood is brought to life thru studio archives and other never before published information. Not only is this a story of the man, but it is also a story of Hollywood at its finest, from the studio contracts to the engrossing stories of celebrities and movie makers. The quality of research enriches the story of just who Clark Gable was and who he beca A very interesting and arresting biography of Clark Gable. The story of Gable, one, if not the most favored movie star during the"golden age" of Hollywood is brought to life thru studio archives and other never before published information. Not only is this a story of the man, but it is also a story of Hollywood at its finest, from the studio contracts to the engrossing stories of celebrities and movie makers. The quality of research enriches the story of just who Clark Gable was and who he became. You will enjoy his movies even more after reading about him and his illustrious career.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Manley

    I loved the sections on his early life and his relationship with Carole Lombard. (Seriously, I was tearing up.) The rest of the book was pretty good except for the ways in which the author describes his relationships with other women. Before his fourth marriage they are referred to as his “collection” and at another point some of them are described as “toll-house cookies.” Not really ok with that. But this book was written over forty years ago, so not too rage inducing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joey K

    I love classic movie stars and if you are a fan of Clark Gable, this is the only one worth reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Travis Whirl

    My grandma, years ago, had the paperback of this bio. I really enjoyed Clark Gable. He really had a rags to riches tale. Went thru his life trying to have the void filled losing his mother at such a young age, and losing Carol Lombard. He was a Hollywood legend, but at the same time humanistic, earthy, and manly in the fullest sense. He was glamorous but rugged. He was the heart of what the Golden Age of Hollywood was.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cws

    791.43Gab Merged review: 791.43 Gab

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    read some time in 1980

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    Trish Clossen

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