“And then there’s Clark… Clark Gable. His beauty is thrilling. I suppose it sounds silly to call anyone as rugged as Clark ‘beautiful’. I hope he will forgive me. But he is beautiful, from his head to his feet. He is rhythmic, unconsciously alive with a powerful, effortless grace. He was the first leading man on the screen who could be cruel, even slap a woman in the face and make other women love him for it. Clark is the Great Lover without any of the morbid, tragic aspects of emotionalism. He is the type with whom a woman could roam the hills and highways of the world, loving and laughing lustily. He doesn’t take himself seriously in any way, which is his greatest charm. He would never die for love. He would be far more likely to laugh and ride away, like a strong wind, leaving you breathless…”
—Norma Shearer about Clark Gable.