Day: February 1, 2016

It Happened One Night – Frank Capra 1897-1991 – tape 1244

This tape opens with the end credits of Platinum Blonde, another Frank Capra movie. I see a theme emerging already.

Then, It Happened One Night is introduced with the fact that it won all 5 top Oscars – Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director and Film, “A feat only subsequently repeated on one occasion.” Which dates this introduction as definitely before the 1992 Academy awards, when it happened for a third time, with The Silence of the Lambs. The second time, incidentally, was for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Wow, the Columbia logo started off a bit rough.

old Columbia Logo

It’s a mismatched buddy road movie rom-com. Claudette Colbert is running away from her family, who disapprove of her recent marriage. Clark Gable has just been sacked from his job on a newspaper. They both end up on the same train. Gable recognises her and decides she’ll be a good story. he also realises she’s probably going to have trouble because she’s a spoilt rich woman who doesn’t know how to do anything. Well, it’s the 1930s. So he offers to help her out when they’re stranded, in return for the story.

Following this, there’s a documentary tribute to Frank Capra who died recently.

Frank Capra

Following this, recording continues with an episode of Brookside. The tape stops during this episode.

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