Sunday, May 15, 2011

Two Line Reviews - #232

Movie: It Happened One Night (1934)

Plot: A distraught daughter elopes from her wealthy father to join her rich lover in New York. On her way in a bus ride, she meets a newspaperman who agrees to get her safely to NY on a condition that he would get the best possible scoop on her affair. When the searches of father and son-in-law go in vain those two settle for the marriage but love blossoms between these two on road and then there's the anticlimactic fun!

  • When it comes to lively & exciting dialogue-oriented films Frank Capra seems to be 'the' man & here, in one of his early films, he comes up with a neatly woven love trip.
  • The lead pair - Gable and Colbert are immaculate with their spontaneity in humour and that makes the viewing special.
  • The film's other big plus is its dialogue - There's loads of it but crisp & funny.
  • The climax 'walk down the aisle' in this film probably set the trend for many other bride-runs-away climaxes.
A 'Happening' film set on the road!

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