Idiot's Delight 1939

Idiot's Delight

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In Clark Gable's only musical performance on film, "The King of Hollywood" plays World War I veteran Harry Van (Clark Gable), who is attempting to revive his career in show business. Twenty years after a brief romantic liaison with beautiful Russian acrobat Irene (Norma Shearer), Harry finds himself stranded in a European hotel during the outbreak of World War II. While he waits for the borders to be reopened, Harry meets a mysterious woman who may be Irene.

Cast & Crew

Norma Shearer
Irene Fellara
Edward Arnold
Achille Weber
Charles Coburn
Dr. Hugo Waldersee
Joseph Schildkraut
Capt. Kirvline
Virginia Grey
Shirley Laughlin
Laura Hope Crews
Madame Zuleika
Peter Willes
Mr. Jimmy Cherry
Pat Paterson
Mrs. Cherry
Herbert Stothart
Original Music
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Robert Kern
Film Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
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Critic Reviews for Idiot's Delight

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Audience Reviews for Idiot's Delight

  • Jan 11, 2019
    Gable interestingly (because he's not what you call your first choice for this kind of role) plays a showbiz hoofer, back from WW1 and on the lookout for any job he can tag. Norma Shearer plays vaudeville carny performer. They meet for one night of love and then part, only to meet up again years later in Europe at the outbreak of WW2. Robert Sherwood concocted this basically anti-war message film but it seems to bear the imprint of many other hands and too many cooks... For instance, Shearer's kooky traveling artist persona grates on the nerves and one wishes Gable, ever a rock, would shut her up just once. Here is a mighty effort, although to no avail. Or in conventional terms: a bomb.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2008
    Enjoyable if dated comedy/drama with Norma giving an amusing Garboesque take on her character. Gable's famous performance of Puttin' on the Ritz is memorable because he is so easygoing and game. Good supporting cast and assured direction also contribute to making this a pleasant diversion. Try and see the version with the international and far better ending.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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