129. It Happened One Night (1934)

This is a film which I had never seen before, but had heard so much about. It’s a classic Frank Capra screwball comedy, which won shedloads of Oscars back in the day, but does it still stand up nearly eighty years later?

Surprisingly, yes. It’s farcical, fast-paced, and quick-humoured, plus the chemistry between the two leads, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is so strong, I was more surprised that they weren’t married in real life.

Colbert plays a young spoiled heiress, who after eloping with a man more than twice her age, decides to run away from her rather disappointed father when he threatens to buy her new husband off. With every police force and newspaper man in the country hunting her down, she bumps into freelance journalist Gable, who promises to get her safely to New York and to her husband, in exchange for her story at the end.

Of course, things don’t run as smoothly as she’d like – her purse is stolen so she has to learn to live without any money and food, and he begins to warm to the feisty, yet amusing woman. It’s a bright and breezy film which trips along very nicely, with some great characters along the way. I am so very glad I got to see it at last.


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