Date: Tuesday, June 17, 1958
Place: Arosa Sky
Wrote a post card to Alan and mailed it. Missed breakfast again so Nancy, Mynie, and I had our steward bring us ours to our room! Clayton took a picture of Mynie and I in our deck chairs. We had to pack our suit-cases and they are taking them out at 6:00.
Movie today was Teacher’s Pet, and was it good. Had a farewell dinner, turkey.
Set clocks ahead another hour. At dinner tonight we all had colored paper hats and flags.
Note: The “Alan” to whom Judy B is writing the post card on June 17 is presumably a different young man from the “Alan” with which she plays cards on June 13. It’s unlikely that she would write to someone who is actually on the ship with her!
In Teacher’s Pet, newspaper editor James Gannon (Clark Gable) is a self-taught journalist and has little respect for “taught” experience. Gannon is asked to speak at a college journalism class and responds to the professor, Erica Stone (Doris Day), by declining with a scathing letter. Soon after, he is ordered to attend the lecture by his boss, who discovers his behavior. Upon arriving at the class, Gannon finds Professor Stone reading his letter aloud in mocking.
In retaliation, Gannon enrolls in the class under an assumed name, Jim Gallagher. Stone is impressed with her new student, who quickly rises to the top of the class. Over time, the two become attracted to one another. Things are complicated by Stone’s fiancé, Dr. Hugo Pine (Gig Young) and Gannon’s girlfriend, Peggy DeFore (Mamie Van Doren).
Gannon’s ruse is eventually discovered by Stone. Through unexpected help from Pine, he manages to win Stone back. In addition, the two gain mutual respect for each other’s approach to journalism.
Teacher’s Pet was nominated for two Academy Awards: One for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gig Young) and the other for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen (Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin).