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October 02, 2006

It Happened One Night - 7

This is one of the classics. In 1935 it won most of the major Academy Awards. Staring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert this film is the start of what would later be called the screwball comedy- perfected by Hitchcock in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It also has elements of what would be called today a romantic comedy. Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn was also influenced by this film. In this film a newspaper man runs into a runaway heiress, who is trying to rebel and elope with a fighter pilot that her father disapproves of. The two eventually make a deal for the each others benefit. After a few days of charading to keep their cover, and making wicked insults at each other. They start to realize that maybe they were made for each other. But as all comedy's go; mis-communication leads to what looks like a tragic end, only to have a great reversal and a killer last line. Highly recommended, especially if you like old films, or the history of film.

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