ⓘ Teacher's Pet (1958 film)


ⓘ Teachers Pet (1958 film)

Journalism instructor Erica Stone Doris Day asks journalist James Gannon Clark Gable to speak to her night school class. He turns down the invitation via a nasty letter to her. His managing editor, however, orders him to accept the assignment. He arrives late to find Stone reading aloud his letter and mocking him in front of her class.

Humiliated, he decides to join the class as a student in order to show up Stone and get his own back by posing as a wallpaper salesman named Jim Gallagher. The instructor is somewhat intrigued by this charming older man, whom she finds an exceptional student. Gannon continues his ruse and becomes attracted to Stone. He finds he has to contend with Dr. Pine Gig Young, as well as his own girlfriend, Peggy DeFore, a nightclub singer Mamie Van Doren. When Stone discovers Gannons deception, she immediately calls off their relationship. Dr. Pine convinces her to give Gannon another chance.

In the end, Jim and Erica have come to understand, and partially adopt, the others point of view.


1. Cast

  • Nick Adams as Barney Kovac – copy boy at Gannons paper who idolizes him.
  • Gig Young as Dr. Hugo Pine – a worldly and attractive psychologist who has "more degrees than a thermometer", and Gannons perceived rival for Stones affections
  • Mamie Van Doren as Peggy DeFore – nightclub singer and Gannons girlfriend
  • Marion Ross as Katy Fuller, Stones secretary
  • Army Archerd as Himself
  • Clark Gable as James Gannon – 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
  • Charles Lane as Roy, assistant city editor
  • Doris Day as Erica Stone – journalism instructor at a local university with whom Gannon falls in love

2. Awards and nominations

  • Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination - Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin
  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination - Gig Young}