Friday, August 9, 2013

It Happened One Night (1934)

Here's yet another romantic comedy, which is just the same as all other romantic comedies, except this one must be special because it won a lot of awards.  Most notably, best actor and actress in a lead role and Best Picture.

So our main character, Ellie, elopes with a man named King Westley.  Her rich father doesn't like this and tries to annul the marriage.  Ellie runs away and is helped by Peter, a news reporter played by Clark Gable.  After just a couple days, she falls in love with him and abandons her goal of returning to King.  So, she fell in love with him in a couple days.  Didn't she just get married?  And she eloped of all things so you know it was a hasty wedding.  She must have fallen in love with King quickly and wanted to marry him.  Now, she gives him up for the next guy she quickly falls in love with.  What's going to happen after she marries Peter?  What happens if she goes to the grocery store or walks down the street?  She might meet another man and fall in love with him too!

Clark Gable did do a great acting job as Peter.  You can really tell he loves her, too.  Especially when he tells her overprotective father, "what she needs is a guy that'd take a sock at her once a day, whether it's coming to her or not".  Such a gentleman.

This film reminded me of Roman Holiday.  Ellie is wealthy and spoiled.  She runs away and is helped by none other than a reporter looking for a story.  But, it ends a lot differently.  I will give this film a 6/10.

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