Thursday, November 17, 2011

OLDIE GOLDIES: It Happened One Night (1934)

Frank Capra with his Best Director Oscar

This week’s choice for Oldie Goldies is Frank Capra’s "It Happened One Night". As one of the last romantic comedies before the introduction of the MPAA’s production code, the film is underlined by some very subtle sexual undercurrents. To me, the highlight of the film was the slick performance of Clark Gable. The film created history at the Oscars, becoming the first film to win the "Big Five" (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay).

Classic Quote
Well, I proved once and for all that the
limb is mightier than the thumb.

Classic Scene
"The Hitchhiking Scene"

Classic Characters
Peter Warne (Clark Gable)

Ellie (Claudette Colbert)

Did you know?
Neither Gable nor Colbert were the first choices to play the lead roles.

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