Guarding Gable starts with an actual event in the life of the screen’s number one star and becomes a story worthy of a Hollywood movie.
It’s 1942 and World War Two is just beginning. Beloved actress Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash while returning from a bond-selling tour and her devoted husband, Clark Gable, is beyond consolation. Depressed to the point of suicide, he enlists in the U.S. Army Air Corps, telling his bosses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that he doesn’t care if he ever comes back.
Naturally, MGM is apoplectic at the prospect of losing their top box office attraction. In desperation, studio head Louis B.Mayer leans on a lowly publicist, Alan Greenberg, to enlist with Gable with orders to keep him alive during World War Two. That’s hard to do when Gable insists on flying combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe. Not only that, he and Alan fall in love with the same woman -- and, if you’re Alan, how do you win the girl if your competition is Clark Gable, the “King” of Hollywood?
Guarding Gable is a story of love, war, and humor. It also has a little rough language but, after all, this is the Army.
This title is also available as an enhanced audiobook for download from Bear Manor Audio and on CD from Blackstone Audio.
Nat Segaloff covered the motion picture business for the Boston Herald, CBS Radio, and Group W. He has also been a studio publicist, college teacher, playwright, and author. In 1996 he formed the multimedia production company Alien Voices with actors Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie and produced five bestselling, fully dramatized audio plays.