Monday, July 12, 2010
It Happened One Night (1934)
So here’s the gist of it:
The most memorable portion of the movie involves the Wall of Jericho. When Warne and Ellie are forced to spend the night together in the same motel room Warne hangs a blanket between their two beds calling it the “Wall of Jericho”. When the two are married they return to a motel and blow a toy trumpet, tearing down the Wall of Jericho. It may sound cheesy, but I LOVED it! They just don’t make movies with this kind of charm anymore.
Here's the trailer. It really gives you a glimpse into the charm of this film.
This is AFI's 35th Best Film of All Time, out of 100.
Peter Warne is played expertly by Clark Gable, who I’ve never seen in anything except Gone With The Wind, but I will definitely seek out more of his films. He won the Best Actor Oscar for this role and it was well deserved. Claudette Colbert won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Ellie, but didn’t expect to win. When she found out that she did win, she was at a train station and went to the ceremony in a traveling pant suit (I have no idea what a traveling pant suit is). Anyway, both awards were well deserved.
Watch this on a down day and I promise it will pick you up like a dose of Xanex.
I’ll give it five statuettes, my first perfect score! I’ll definitely be watching this one again.