Once upon a screen...

The home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) played Frank Capra‘s 1934, Best Picture Academy Award winner, It Happened One Night this past weekend.  This is, for some reason, a film I never think of when I consider Capra’s great films, and he made many of them, but I was reminded on Sunday of how shiny a gem this is.  One of his greatest.

It Happened One Nightfeatures a great cast at the top of their game.  And indeed, many agreed back in the day as it garnered Oscar wins for Best Leading Performances for both of its stars, Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable (it’s my favorite of all his performances, by the way).  In addition, Frank Capra won Best Director and Robert Riskin won Best Writing, Adaptation for the very enjoyable screenplay.  There’s just noting wrong with this movie.

The first time I saw It Happened…

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