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04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

It Happened One Night

The 30s represented an escapist decade of idealized realities. Capra was very much in love with his own, optimistic vision of humanity, always rescuing American audiences from difficult times, such as the Great Depression, and portraying worlds where any situation was possible. Heartwarming layers of astonishing character development and a revolutionary collision of class issues are the main elements that allowed It Happened One Night to be the most enduring classic among its genre because of its landmark introduction of the screwball comedy. Gable was being born and his vivid personification of authoritative domination, great ambitions and unstoppable passion also established a new limit. Up to this day, this romantic comedy (perhaps the best ever, literally) is now treasured by all film...

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04/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"It Happened One Night" by Yojimbo

I hate romantic comedies with a passion. Or rather I hate what they have become. If you look back to the golden age of Hollywood, it is peppered with gems like this one, in which hard-drinking and cynical reporter Clark Gable ends up shadowing a runaway heiress to get the scoop that'll put his career back on track. And yes, we all know what's going to happen, but in this case it's done with such charm and wit that it's impossible not to like. Frank (It's A Wonderful Life) Capra is a master of presenting an optimism and faith in the common man with a subtlety and sophistication that rarely descends into schmaltz. Claudette Colbert shimmers and is the epitome of 30s glamour, and her chalk and cheese pairing with Gable's gruff machismo works beautifully. The scene in which they share a motel...

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01/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One has to view the film with patience and an open mind because of its time of creation. Not a film for everybody's liking in this critic's opinion. Ellen "Ellie" Andrews (Claudette Colbert) leaves King" Westley (Jameson Thomas). She encounters Peter Warne (Clark Gable), an out-of-work newspaper reporter, in a bus. The movies screenplay was exceptional for its time with lines from the following characters: Ellie – “You've got everything nicely figured out for yourself.” “I don't want to stir up any more trouble. I've done it all my life. I've made your life miserable and mine too. I'm tired Father. I'm tired of running around in circles...I've got to settle down. It doesn't matter how or where or with whom.” Peter – “This is a matter of principle. Something you probably wouldn't un...

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11/28/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - It Happened One Night (1934)

When Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) ran away from home, she had no idea somebody like Peter Warne (Clark Gable) would help her out. Their journey to New York is seen in the Best Picture winning film, “It Happened One Night.”

This is a very charming film that has stood the test of time for over seventy years and still has the same spark I suspect it did in 1934. Gable and Colbert make a great, seemingly real-life duo. Their chemistry works wonders on screen, but I guess Gable always had that sort of affect on people.

The story is simple but, just as with the characters, very real and believable. The journey develops both characters in interesting ways and the comedy never ceases to impress.

“It Happened One Night” is probably one of the funniest Best Picture winners, and should...

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