FRANKLY, MY DEAR, IT'S TIME FOR CLARK.
He made us love him. We didn't want to do it, we didn't want to do it.
Clark Gable's 100th birthday is being marked this week with the opening of a special exhibition at the new Cinema Arts gallery in Beverly Hills.
The show, open to the public free of charge, includes several sigh-inducing images of the King of Hollywood on loan from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Edward Weston Collection, the Motion Picture and Television Archive and other resources. In addition there are several pieces for sale ranging from $40 framed 5-by-7s and $300 lithographs, to $5,000 vintage signed photos and specially commissioned portraits by digital artist Lawrence Gartel for $900 to $18,000.
The complete exhibit, running this weekend only, includes memorabilia on loan from private collectors, among them Gable's costumes from ``Gone With the Wind'' and other pictures, his World War II uniform, scripts and contracts.
The gallery is open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Portions of the Gable Century Exhibition will be on view and for sale through Feb. 20.
Cinema Arts, at 179 W. Beverly Drive, specializes in Hollywood and classic cinema collectibles. Information: (818) 885-1044 or (310) 246-9333.
A METHOD TO THEIR MADNESS: Admirers of the Actors Studio's legendary acting technique can look forward to a steamy, sweating, gut-wrenching, booze-swilling, hair-pulling good time at American Cinematheque's festival titled ``The Method: A Revolution in American Screen Acting 1945-1970.''
Tonight's program begins at 7 with the Tennessee Williams drama ``Sweet Bird of Youth,'' starring Geraldine Page as a drunken has-been actress and Paul Newman as her young gigolo. Shirley Knight, who played Newman's former girlfriend, will discuss the film after the screening. It will be followed at 9:45 by a double feature of Marlon Brando as the biker anti-hero in ``The Wild One'' and Method innovator John Garfield in ``The Postman Always Rings Twice.''
At 5 p.m. Saturday is Delbert Mann's ``Marty,'' which won the 1955 Oscars for best picture, director, screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky) and actor (Ernest Borgnine). At 7:30 p.m. is another Chayefsky scripted drama, ``The Goddess,'' with Kim Stanley in a role inspired by the meteoric rise and booze-and-pill-soaked stardom of Marilyn Monroe. Director Jack Garfein is slated to appear at the second feature of that double bill, ``The Strange One,'' which was Ben Gazzara's screen debut.
On Sunday American Cinematheque will show ``The Miracle Worker'' with Oscar winner Anne Brancroft and ``The Member of the Wedding'' with Julie Harris. The offerings next weekend include ``The Hustler,'' ``Summer and Smoke'' and ``A Place in the Sun.''
All screenings are at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for American Cinematheque members. Information: (310) 466-3456 or www.egyptiantheatre.com on the Web.
THE ART OF 'REQUIEM': A still-celebrated gem from CBS's live drama anthology ``Playhouse 90'' gets a rare big-screen showing Sunday in tribute to its Emmy-winning production designer, Albert Heschong.
``Requiem for a Heavyweight,'' with Jack Palance as a brain-damaged boxer being pushed back into the ring, is being presented by the Art Directors Guild Film Society and will be followed by a question-and- answer session with Heschong.
The program begins at 5 p.m. at the Directors Guild Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd. Admission is free and the public is welcome, but reservations are required. Call (818) 762-9995.
Movie legend Clark Gable would have been 100 on Thursday.