November 16th, 2014: It Happened One Night (1934)

Cast and Crew: Samuel Hopkins Adam (Short Story); Harry Cohn (Executive Producer); Alan Hale, Ward Bond

What It’s About: Reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable) helps spoiled heiress Ellie (Claudette Colbert), who is traveling incognito to meet up with her aviator fiancé, King Westley (Jameson Thomas), who Ellie’s father Mr. Andrews (Walter Connolly) forbae Ellie to marry.

Why Watch it Today?: Clark Gable died of a heart attack today in 1960It Happened One Night won Gable his only Oscar, as well as awards for Colbert, director Frank Capra, Best Adapted Screenplay for Robert Riskin, and Best Picture.  So many of the clichés of romantic comedies began with this film, but they were never better than they are here.

Other Choices:  We also featured Gable in his most famous role, Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

3 comments on “November 16th, 2014: It Happened One Night (1934)

  1. sakara says:

    there was actually an awful 1950s musical remake of this movie, starring jack lemmon, which played on wor, channel 9, in the 70s.

    • professormortis says:

      I’m always amazed whenever I find out about awful remakes of 1930s classics that I’ve never heard of….I remember one was the remake of Stagecoach from the 1960s…I caught that randomly on TV and was amazed that anyone would attempt it at all. Or, say, Sergeant’s 3, the Rat Pack remake of Gunga Din, or the remake of My Man Godfrey that apparently removed all of the 1930s political sentiment and social satire…..

      • sakara says:

        FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, in the 1960s? (or a 70s reprint), had photos and an article of a 1960s METROPOLIS remake—though on the internet it’s impossible to find any evidence it even exists.

        In some book, maybe a pauline kael collection, the producer of the STAGECOACH remake said how his movie would be better than the origonal! Cute Ann Margaret just didn’t cut it as a tramp getting kicked out of town.

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