A Fine Romance Friday: It Happened One Night

What an awful week! I think I lost track of all the bad and traumatizing things happening around the world. Just as I’d get caught on the latest developments in bad story 1, bad stories 2 and 3 and 4 were spinning out of control. As many Tweeted last night, “Is this is the season finale of America?”

In the wake of the worst week in recent memory, we all need something cheerful. I suggest It Happened One Night, Frank Capra’s screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a runaway bride story turned opposites attract romance. It’s surprisingly racy, very sweet, and utterly satisfying.

There’s a lot more of Clark in that scene than in the whole of Gone With the Wind, made five years later. But to see if the Walls of Jericho do come down, you’ll have to watch the whole thing.

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