It Happened One Night  A-, C

Columbia/1934/105m/FS 1.33

            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  his irreverence.

             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.



























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