As compelling as Gable still manages to be, he is only one half of the equation. At the tie of making Teacher's Pet, Day was in the middle of her career, just as Gable was heading towards the end of his. She was long established as good news for the box office. It shows in her assured performance. However, this film was my first exposure to the star, and the hype about this actress is not overrated! She manages to be convey a sense of sexiness without ever venturing to kittenish or unintelligent personas. She's funny, but never too over the top. If the sizzle between herself and Gable isn't electric, it is still certainly present and the vulnerable moments we see between the two, when the characters really connect, is entirely due to her.
Clark Gable's Jim Gannon is a newspaper editor who finds the idea of teaching journalism in a classroom ridiculous; real experience is what is needed. Unfortunately, he is made to eat his words! After sending a scathing letter that rejected the opportunity to come talk to a college class about journalism, he finds out his boss wants him to give that talk. Going to the class reveals that the teacher, Erica Stone (Doris Day), is a total knock-out. Before he can talk to her though, she shares the letter he wrote with her students- and proceeds to lampoon him, calling his kind an outdated type of reporter, not equipped to handle the changes in journalism as a field. Enrolling as a student under a false name, Jim can't seem to decide if he wants to prove the teacher is wrong, or gain her attention for some- ahem- one on one tutoring. Either way, he becomes the star pupil, but another professor enters the scene. A series of misadventures at a club follows; everyone gets jealous of everyone else. Some people's motives are revealed and relationships dynamics change- but things only end up more complicated after that! Can these two survive finding out the truth about each other? Can two opposing points of view find the middle ground? Can the Teacher's Pet score a date with teacher? Watch to find out!