Great Scenes from “It Happened One Night” (1934)

In the last blog post, I wrote about Frank Capra’s desert writing retreat, where he hit the jackpot, the five greatest Academy Awards, with this movie.  Here are two clips.

After clicking the link, you will be shown a 30-second commercial by TCM.

If you are not used to watching video on your computer, here’s a little advice:   you can enlarge the part of your screen playing the film clip.  Just move your cursor over the scene (after the commercial) that is playing, and then symbols will appear at the bottom of that film clip.   Click on the image of a small square within a larger one, and the film clip will fill your screen.  Don’t forget to turn on the speakers or plug in headphones.

Here’s the link  to the famous hitchhiking scene:

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert took home Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars.  She plays a runaway heiress, and he portrays a down-on-his-luck newspaperman, following her for a big story.

In the following scene, they pretend to be married so they can split the cost of a room.  Remember, it is the Great Depression.  My father, who was a child when this movie was released, said Gable created a sensation when he took off his shirt and revealed his bare chest.  Men wore undershirts at the time.  Don’t miss this charming scene.

Author: Pamela Tartaglio

Fiction writer, blogger and a past president of Women Writing the West.

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