2021 Blind Spot Series: It Happened One Night
What I knew going in:...nothing, actually.
Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is a spoiled rich girl who defies her father and jumps off their yacht to head to New York City. With no money or means to travel, she has to team up with a former reporter, Peter Warne (Clark Gable) in exchange for her story.
Admittedly, I only picked this because it's a title I was familiar with, and a Best Picture winner. I didn't know anything about it at all. I wasn't expecting it to be the blue print for every romantic comedy every made. It was really delightful, especially since I assumed it would be more serious.
I have to laugh at most summaries of this movie calling Ellie the crazy one, and Peter easily out-crazies her by a long shot. The craziest thing Ellie does is jump off a boat and swim like a damn champ.
Claudette Colbert was the biggest standout for me. I thought she was wonderful and in my unpopular opinion she made Clark Gable better as well.
It's nice to be surprised by a film like this, and to watch something a bit lighter than one is expecting.
Memorable Quote: "Behold the Walls of Jericho!" - Peter (Clark Gable)