“It Happened One Night” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 20
“Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I’m very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me.”
(Apologies to anyone who missed me while I took a hiatus from this film challenge. If it’s any consolation, it’s because I’ve been spending virtually all my free time working hard on the next iteration of Flickchart! Since it’s unlikely I’ll get through everyone’s suggestions before year’s end, I’m just going to keep pushing on until I get to the last batch of films – however long it takes!)
This was my first introduction to Clark Gable. I know of him as being the star of Gone With The Wind (another film I’ve yet to see), but I hadn’t yet seen anything else from his filmography.
Now I see what all the fuss was about. Charisma for days – that guy.
The film is almost entirely held together by Claudette Colbert and Gable – appearing in nearly every frame. There’s not too much I can say about the direction or other technical aspects of the movie that stood out to me, but it’s a good romance story powered by its more than capable leads.
It’s also fun to see the actual origin of the “show some leg” trope.
It Happened One Night was at the time of this review at #13 on my Flickchart list of shame (ranked #69 among the best films of all time). Here’s how it entered my chart:
It Happened One Night vs. Leaving Las Vegas
Nic Cage is at his dramatic best in Leaving Las Vegas, but I think Gable’s got him beat.
It Happened One Night vs. Desperado
I’m going to give it to my second favorite Robert Rodriguez film because Banderas and Hayek are even more explosively charismatic on-screen than Gable and Colbert. It’s also a fantastic movie.
It Happened One Night vs. The Purge
The thing I liked the most about The Purge was the world-building. I always dig high-concept. That being said, it’s not particularly memorable – save for a few moments. I’m hopeful that the franchise broadens out and gets into the origins of why The Purge was created in the first place. Night wins.
It Happened One Night vs. A Boy and His Dog
There’s little I like more in genre filmmaking than a great post-apocalypse story, but while this one is unique, it also shows its age a bit. The well-crafted romance is going to win over the quirk of Don Johnson talking to a dog in the wasteland.
It Happened One Night vs. Teen Wolf
Sorry, lycanthropic Michael J. Fox. Try again next time.
It Happened One Night vs. Good Will Hunting
The script that launched Affleck and Damon out of obscurity, and the performance that cemented Robin Williams as much more than just a comedian will win over the classic romance of Night.
It Happened One Night vs. Le samouraï
It’s all about the mood and style with Le samouraï. It’s one I’ll remember more of, and more fondly, than Night.
It Happened One Night vs. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Other than Quicksilver, there wasn’t all that much I really loved about DoFP. It’s a fine film, but probably sits too high on my chart. It Happened One Night wins.
It Happened One Night vs. Battle Royale
It Happened One Night is good. Royale is great.
It Happened One Night is now ranked #384 out of 1416 movies on my Best Movies of All-Time chart.
My next batch of films will be The Passion of Joan of Arc and The Best Years of Our Lives. In the meantime, check out the other films I’ve ranked during the challenge.