Gable, Stanwyck film debuts in Indianapolis


2-of-2_MemoryBank_121418-15col.jpgMGM released “To Please a Lady,” starring Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck, on Oct. 13, 1950. But the film about a midget-race-car driver and a feisty reporter premiered in Indianapolis a week earlier—on Oct. 5, 1950—at what was then the Indiana Theatre (now the Indiana Repertory Theatre). In this photo, taken that night, a crowd has gathered to see Stanwyck, who attended the premiere. Parts of the movie—including its pivotal scene—were shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The photo of Stanwyck was taken at the Speedway the day before the premiere. See the Explore section on page 39 for a list of recommended films this year.

Sources: IMDB, Indiana Historical Society

Photos are courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and are part of the Larry Foster collection. More images are available at

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