Monday, June 4, 2012

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night
Released Date: February 23, 1934
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale, and Arthur Hoyt

     When all the actors that either ended up acting in the film, or just read the parts but ended up turning down the roles they were given. Why? Because they all thought the script was horrible. Some said that it was the worst script they had ever read. And the funny thing about that is, this movie was the first ever to win the Oscar "Grand Slam" which includes: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Screenplay. Eve, Claudette Colbert, who won Best Actress said it was the worst movie she had ever made. And even Clark Gable would turn in for work and say things like "let's just get this over with!"

     This movie follows a young lady, Ellie (Claudette Colbert), who is in love with a man that her father is not 100% happy with. She ends up telling her dad that there is nothing he can do about it, because they are in love. She ends up jumping off of her fathers yacht and swims to safety. The only thing about Ellie is that she is practically royalty and you would not think to look for her on a bus. A regular bus at that, that everyone uses every day. She runs into Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who teaches her to live on her own for a few days. But he not only teaches her life lessons, but he also teaches her love. This movie is truly one of a kind. And it is very funny that the actors did not have any faith that the movie would be successful.

     A lot of Frank Capra movies have a feel good atmosphere to them. Take this movie, It's A Wonderful Life, American Madness, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, You Can't Take It With You, and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. 


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