Cast-Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert
This was the first film to win all 5 of the major Oscars, a feat not to be repeated until 1975. Best Film, Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin)
Socialite Ellie (Colbert) eloped with someone named King Westley, only when her father found out he whisked her away before the marriage could be consummated. When she escapes his yacht, she boards a bus hoping to get from Florida to New York without being noticed, even though her photo is plastered on the front page of all the newspapers. Peter, a drunk and unemployed reporter boards the same bus and sparks fly.
Why I Love It – This is one of those movies that I remember loving so much, and yet, didn’t survive a rewatch with the same enthusiasm. Oh, I still loved it, but I initially had this somewhere around 20 and now it’s down to 98.
I still loved Colbert and Gable, they were perfectly matched in every way. The chemistry that started as hostility really worked. I am not necessarily a Clark Gable fan, but the sparkle in his eye in this one won me over. And Colbert was luminous.
This is dated, but in a charming way, mostly. The editing was sometimes a bit rough, but nothing too terrible. The ending was cute and gave me a chuckle, always an appropriate response to a screwball romantic comedy, of which this was the first. And for that reason alone, everyone should watch it. Always start with the original 🙂
Interesting to note that this movie inspired Bugs Bunny!