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Adventure (MGM 1945, Clark Gable, Greer Garson)



Clark Gable returned from the war to this melodrama of a sailor who romances and marries a shy librarian (Greer Garson) and then promptly returns to wandering the seas. When he returns to discover her giving birth to their child, he struggles to master his footloose ways. An uncharacteristically touching portrayal by Gable. Unpopular with critics at the time, but rewards a second look.

Adventure was not just Clark Gable’s return to the screen after his time in the Air Force, but also his first feature following the death of his wife, Carole Lombard, who was killed in a plane crash in 1942.

production details
USA | MGM | 125 minutes | 1945

Director: Victor Fleming
Producer: Sam Zimbalist
Original Story: Clyde Brion Davis
Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
Editor: Frank Sullivan
Music: Herbert Stothart
Script: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Vincent Lawrence
Production Designer Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary
Set Designer: Edwin B. Willis

Greer Garson as Emily Sears
Clark Gable as Harry Patterson
Joan Blondell as Helen Melohn
Thomas Mitchell as Mudgin
Tom Tully as Gus
John Qualen as Model T
Richard Haydn as Limo
Lina Romay as Maria
Philip Merivale as Old Ramon Estado
Harry Davenport as Dr. Ashton
Tito Renaldo as Young Ramon Estado
Morris Ankrum as Mr. Ludlow – Farmer (uncredited)
Barbara Billingsley as Dame #2 (uncredited)
Betty Blythe as Mrs. Buckley (uncredited)
Bess Flowers as Hat Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger as Cashier (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O’Connor as Man in Cantina (uncredited)
Ray Teal as Steve – Maritime Commissioner (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth as Woman (uncredited)
Byron Foulger as Littleton
Dick Elliott as George
Harry Tyler as Doctor
Pierre Watkin as Mr. Buckley
Martín Garralaga as Nick
Esther Howard as Woman with Mudgin in bar