Teacher's Pet (1958 film)
|Directed by||George Seaton|
|Produced by||William Perlberg
|Written by||Fay Kanin
Mamie Van Doren
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 1, 1958|
|Running time||120 minutes|
The main characters include:
- James Gannon (Clark Gable) – city editor for a large metropolitan newspaper, with no education past the 8th grade, who is convinced that formal education is “a waste of time” for anyone who would like to get into the newspaper business and that experience in the workplace is the key to success.
- Erica Stone (Doris Day) – journalism instructor at a local university with whom Gannon falls in love.
- Dr. Hugo Pine (Gig Young) – a worldly and attractive psychologist who has "more degrees than a thermometer" and Gannon's (perceived) rival for Stone's affections.
- Peggy DeFore (Mamie Van Doren) – nightclub singer and Gannon's girlfriend.
- Barney Kovac (Nick Adams) – copy boy at Gannon's paper who idolizes him.
Stone asks Gannon to speak before a night-school college journalism class. He turns down the invitation, writing a nasty letter to the instructor stating his viewpoint, but is ordered to go before the class by his managing editor. He finds the attractive Stone teaching the class. Before he is able to introduce himself and apologize for the letter, Erica reads it aloud and mocks Gannon before the class.
Humiliated, he decides to join the class to show her up, posing as a wallpaper salesman named Jim Gallagher. Erica is quite taken by this charming man, whom she unwittingly finds exceptional for a student. Gannon continues his ruse as he becomes quite enchanted with Erica, and has to fend off Dr. Pine, as well as his own girlfriend Peggy DeFore, a nightclub singer (Mamie Van Doren). When Erica discovers Gannon's deception, she immediately calls their relationship off, but convinced by Dr. Pine, she gives Gannon another chance.
By the end of the film, both Jim and Erica have come to understand, and partially adopt, the other's point of view.
Awards and nominations 
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (nomination) - Gig Young
- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (nomination) - Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin
See also