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Friday, December 4, 2015

It Happened One Night (1934)

My spouse and I have been gradually watching older movies, things that are classics, or by classic directors.  I have been getting chemotherapy, and it has kind of knocked the stuffing out of me in terms of energy, so that when we are not working on things related to home and work we are trying to watch movies.  It is a very enjoyable endeavor, and one should not wait until they are sick and debilitated to try this idea out.

One source of classic movies is the American Film Institutes' list of the 100 Greatest American Films of All Time, and that is where this one comes from.
Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is a sheltered and naive young woman.  She impulsively marries the first man that she is alone with, much to the horror of her over protective father.  She is worth millions and her opportunistic groom sees that as part of her attraction.  She eludes her father's capture to bring her back for an annulment, and while on the lam she meets the charming Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a newspaper man who helps her in order to get a story.  One thing leads to another, and Ellie comes to see that her "husband" might have been taking advantage of her, Peter starts to see the side of Allie that is more than just a spoiled heiress, and after several false starts, they attempt to have a life together with the blessing of Ellie's father.  Very fun and light.

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