Joan Crawford, The Films of Clark Gable
The Mrs. Clark Gable to whom Joan Crawford referred was the second Mrs. Gable, a.k.a. Ria Langham, a wealthy Texas socialite. She was nearly two decades older than her husband. It was her guidance (aided by the MGM glamour machine) that transformed Gable from a roughhewn young man into a major movie star. Consider the photographs below. To the right is Clark Gable in 1925. To the left shows him in the early 1930s, still sans the mustache that became his trademark but clearly on his way to becoming a top box office star.