Genre Guesstimation – It Happened One Night (1934) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Steve of The Movie Movie Blog Blog and it is Screwball Comedies

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Screwball Comedies.

“You know, I had you pegged right from the jump. Just a spoiled brat of a rich father. The only way you get anything is to buy it, isn’t it? You’re in a jam and all you can think of is your money. It never fails, does it? Ever hear of the word humility? No, you wouldn’t. I guess it would never occur to you to just say, ‘Please mister, I’m in trouble, will you help me?’ No, that would bring you down off your high horse for a minute. Well, let me tell you something, maybe it will take a load off your mind. You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not interested in your money or your problem. You, King Westley, your father. You’re all a lot of hooey to me!” – Peter

Number of Times Seen – 3 (8 May 2008, 25 Feb 2014 and 6 Sep 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A struggling reporter secretly follows an heiress in the hopes of getting a great story.

My Take on it – This is a film that is great largely due to the fact that they manage to get so much right throughout.

The two man characters played by Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable are quite memorable and due to the amazing chemistry between the two, it;s so enjoyable watching them “spar” onscreen throughout the entire film.

The dialogue is superbly written and the characters delivery of it all is so much fun to watch.

This film remains one of the best of its kind even after 84 years.

Frank Capra does a great job directing this film and it’s easy to see the genius at work with the way this film was presented.

This film was quite deserving of its 5 Oscar wins that year and remains the only film to sweep all five “top” categories without any other nominations.

Bottom Line – Great film that gets so much right along the way. The chemistry between Colbert and Gable works so well the entire time. The dialogue is superbly written and the way that the characters deliver the back and forth works so well the entire time. The characters are extremely memorable and this remains one of the best films of its kind. Capra does an amazing job directing this film. Very deserving of it’s 5 Oscar wins. It remains the only film to have swept the 5 “top” awards without any other nominations. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Friz Freleng’s unpublished memoirs mention that this was one of his favorite films, and that it contains at least three things which the character “Bugs Bunny” was based on: the character Oscar Shapely’s (Roscoe Karns) personality, the manner in which Peter Warne (Clark Gable) was eating carrots and talking quickly at the same time, and an imaginary character mentioned once to frighten Oscar Shapely named “Bugs Dooley.” Other mentions of “Looney Tunes” characters from the film include Alexander Andrews (Walter Connolly) and King Westley (Jameson Thomas) being the inspirations for Yosemite Sam and Pepé Le Pew, respectively. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! One of the best of it’s kind. Colbert and Gable have such amazing chemistry that resonates throughout.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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6 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – It Happened One Night (1934) – Encore Review

  1. One of my favorites of all time. Columbia Pictures in the 30s was considered to be the Skid Row of studios compared to the star studded MGM – where Clark Gable was under contract. He was loaned out (a custom at the time where a star was under contract to a studio and being paid a weekly salary, usually exorbitant for the times. But if one studio loaned a contract player to another – it was for a LOT more money than they earned at their home studio. MGM could pocket the difference and make a profit by letting Gable do a picture for someone else…) as a punishment -and ended up winning the only Oscar of his storied career. Claudette Colbert – who was not exclusive to anyone – took the job for the money. She also won an Oscar.


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