Thursday, 2 December 2010

It Happened One Night (1934)

Gable shows exactly how to dunk a donut.

The famous "Wall of Jericho."

Here's a classic great romantic old movie from filmmaker Frank Capra ( It's a wonderful life - which is one of the most christmassy films ever! and a personal favourite of mine ) - starring hollywood legend Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert.

We saw this last night and loved it!

Made in 1934 this film was the first to win all 5 major Academy awards - which wouldn't be matched until 1975 with 'One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.'

Rich heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is spoiled, but trapped and lost through her over protective Millionaire banker father. To spite her father it seems, she agrees to marry 'King' Westley a dasterdly golddigger. Whilst on board her fathers ship; frustrated and bewildered - in an dramatic effort to escape she leaps overboard. The chase begins! Her father launches detectives, police, and the press after his wild daughter whom he loves desparately.

Meanwhile cocky Peter Warren (Gable) - a newspaper man from New York quits his job and gives his old boss a piece of his mind. Out of work and lost also he takes a bus and bumps into brattish Ellie. The rest is a wonderful story (won't spoil any more!) that climaxes in a tense but heartwarming way.

I'm really getting into Clarke Gable films, we saw Mogambo ( Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly ) the other night - which is also amazing. It's great to see the young Gable playing opposite Gamin like Colbert. 
A must see film for old movie lovers everywhere. Enjoy!!

p.s. If you do get a chance to see it (or have already seen) - Could you recommend anything? or tell is your favourite bits? :) 

Posted by: Ross

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