It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night (1934) movie poster

(1934) director Frank Capra
viewed: 02/26/11

It had been years and years and years since I last saw It Happened One Night.  I remember really loving it and intending to see it again.  I took the opportunity from TCM, their Oscar build-up.  It’s one of only three films to win Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director.  And sometimes, Oscar gets it right.

This time around I enjoyed it again.  I think I like Clark Gable more now than I used to.  Claudette Colbert is awesome, too.  The rich, pampered, cloistered girl who runs away from her father to marry the first man she ever met meets the wily, wise newspaper reporter, down on his luck until he stumbles on this dame and her story.  It’s the template for thousands of other mis-matched, hate-each-other then fall-for-each other comedy couples, but rarely are they as deft and charming as in this one.

The contrast against the Depression Era lives of the people they meet on the road adds some period poignancy, though I’d be hard pressed without another viewing to drum up anything coherent to say about it.

Loved the singing of “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”.

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