Today in Movie History: February 23

As we get closer to the Oscars, we come smack dab against one of the comparatively few Best Picture winners that has actually stood the test of time. It Happened One Night, Frank Capra’s romp of a romantic comedy, opened today in 1934. 80+ years later, it’s just as fun, charming and utterly irresistible as it’s always been, thanks both to the clever script by Robert Riskin and a pair of delectable leads in Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. It was also the first film to complete a sweep of the “Big Five” Oscars (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay), and its status as a flat-out comedy once again shames the modern Academy who can’t be bothered to recognize anything that doesn’t fit within a narrow definition of “importance.”




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