Cinema: The Hollywood Line

¶ After 23 years as MGM's top star, He-Man Clark Gable, 53, wound up his current contract with the studio, waved, goodbye to his friends, and drove off for a vacation. After that, he will make pictures as a freelancer. Also leaving the lot, after 16 years: Greer (Mrs. Miniver) Garson. Coincidentally, MGM, ready to celebrate its own 30th anniversary, announced that it would shut up shop, after finishing several current pictures, to prepare for its next production list.

¶ The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Producer-Director Howard Hawks, scouting Egypt for locations for Land...