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What is Clark Gable Doing To His Duesenberg in This Picture?

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12 Nov 2005 23:20 #3939 by Clipper965
Here is another rare picutre. This looks like his Cream SJ that he got rid of when Carole Lombard was killed in 1942. What is he doing?. Note this appears to be taken from the left as there are no side pipes only the chrome piece the SJ's had on the left side of the car. This picture is for sale on Ebay by some seller. Here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/CGC-Photo-CLARK-GAB ... otohosting





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19 Nov 2005 14:24 #3989 by cbs
The owner had pipes as well as the car! Whoever's got this one now needs to check under the seat for the pipe as well as the tools. By the way what ever happened to this one?

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19 Nov 2005 15:39 #3990 by Maurice Randall
Here's my take on the photo...

It's just a publicity photo. Clark Gable is not really working on this car.
He's not really doing anything with that screwdriver other than resting it where it is and he's not preparing to use those pliers either. His fingers aren't positioned within the pliers in a way that would open the jaws.

I'd say that neither Clark nor the photographer knew how to do a proper pose for this type of photo. Not a very good depiction.

Whoops! I just lowered the value of this photo. :)

-Maurice

== 2006 will be the "50th" AUBURN Reunion ==

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20 Nov 2005 19:51 #3995 by acdclubadmin
Who smokes a pipe while working on an engine? I agree that this is strictly a publicity photo.

Bill Hummel - Webmaster - ACD Club

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20 Nov 2005 22:12 #3996 by balinwire
William Clark Gable was earning good wages, if he worked on your car here were his fees in 1930 dollars,

The Misfits (1961) $750,000 + $58,000 for each week of overtime
Soldier of Fortune (1955) $100,000
Any Number Can Play (1949) $241,250
Gone with the Wind (1939) $120,000
Hold Your Man (1933) $2,000/week
Strange Interlude (1932) $2,000/week
Polly of the Circus (1932) $650/week
Hell Divers (1931) $650/week
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) $650/week
Sporting Blood (1931) $650/week
A Free Soul (1931) $650/week
The Secret Six (1931) $650/week
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) $650/week
The Painted Desert (1931) $750/week
Forbidden Paradise (1924) $7.50/day

His girlfriend,Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, near the factory, I wonder if they ever went to Auburn to shop for a car?

I agree the picture would have been a lot better with more ACD and a little less Gabe.

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