Posted by: absntmindedariel | November 15, 2010

It Happened One Night (1934)

If you like– Roxanne,  Dirty Dancing, Groundhog Day

Synopsis– Spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) just wants to live her own life, away from the controlling grasp of her millionaire father.  But when she jumps overboard from their yacht to rejoin her new husband, famed aviator King Westley, Ellie finds herself alone, hunted by the police and her father’s detectives, and in desperate need of a guide. Enter reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable). In exchange for the exclusive story on her escape, Pete takes the debutante under his wing and they embark in a cross-country bus trip that brings the two much closer together than they ever anticipated.

Why it’s better– Director/writer Frank Capra was the only person who actually wanted to make this movie. Gable was in the film as a punishment for irritating the execs at MGM, and Colbert demanded her salary be doubled and the movie be filmed before her planned vacation. (She later told her friends, “I just finished  the worst picture in the world.”) It Happened One Night then became the first movie (and still one of three movies) to ever win all five major Academy Awards: best actor, best actress, best director, best screenplay, and best picture. TWIST

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  1. That sort of result for a movie is AWESOME. It’s also interesting to hear these details about the actors, and to know that back then they were just as tempermental and spoiled as they are now.

    • lol, i know, right? But i do LOVE clark gable. The sale of undershirts shot down drastically, just because he didn’t wear an undershirt in this movie. NO LIE

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