It's still a comic delight sixty years after since it won
the hearts of the public and captured five Academy Awards,
including Best Actor, Actress, Picture, Director and Writer. The
fairy tale trek across country of a snooty young heiress
accompanied by a news hound hot on the story has Clark Gable at
the peak of his charm and Claudette Colbert a perfect foil
Frank Capra's direction has elements of his signature
populism, such as the wonderful rendition of the song, The
Man on the Flying Trapeze, rendered by a busload of
travelers. Of course, there's the classic class on hitch-hiking,
frequently shown as a highlight of the film.
The new transfer of the film is most welcome, but it still falls
short of what the film deserves. Soft focus at barely acceptable
levels serves as a reminder of how bad the previous video
incarnation looked. Still, it's watchable now and with
nothing better for the foreseeable future, it is a collectible.