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After several failed screen tests for Zanuck, Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM's Irving Thalberg.
He became a client of well-connected agent Minna Wallis, sister of producer Hal Wallis, agent to Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy and Norma Shearer.
Gable was named William after his father, but he was almost always called Clark, or sometimes Billy.
However, he was not offered any major film roles; so, he returned to the stage.He also found success commercially and critically with Red Dust (1932), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), San Francisco (1936), Saratoga (1937), Test Pilot (1938), Boom Town (1940), The Hucksters (1947), Homecoming (1948), and The Misfits (1961), which was his final screen appearance. Myrna Loy worked with him seven times, and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions.He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner in three each.Gable toured in stock companies, finding work with several second-class theater groups while working the oil fields as well as a horse manager and a logger.Thus making his way across the Midwest to Seaside, Oregon, and to Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a necktie salesman in the Meier & Frank department store.