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MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #46. It Happened one Night (1934)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

“Any guy that’d fall in love with your daughter ought to have his head examined.”

Clear, predictable formula is something that gets pointed at a lot when talking about bad movies.  But I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with movies following a tried and true formula, as long as it’s done well.  And the reason these formulas have been used so many times that even the most casual move goer can recognise them in action, is that they work.  A good movie can take a formula, adhere to the rules, hit every beat you expect when you expect it, but still surprise you in some ways.  If you’ve ever seen a romantic comedy, you’ll know the rules and every beat of It Happened One Night.  But with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert at its centre, and with Frank Capra doing his thing behind the camera, I reckon you’ll still be surprised by just how watchable it is.

Spoiled little rich girl Ellie (Colbert) has just eloped, and her Wall Street mogul father, Alexander (Walter Connolly) is trying to force her to have the marriage annulled.  Diving off his is luxury yacht in Florida, Ellie runs (swims) away, determined to be with her new husband in New York.  Meanwhile, professional journalist and professional drunk Peter (Gable) has just been fired from his job at a newspaper. (more…)