Directed by the great Frank Capra (who directed such great films as Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Arsenic and Old LaceIt Happened One Night (1934) stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. This is basically the tale of a young spoiled heiress who runs away from her strict father and runs into a dashing news reporter along the way.

Yah, I know, it does sound a little like Roman Holiday. But where Audrey Hepburn plays a sweet princess who is just looking for a day of fun, Colbert is instead a fiesty young woman who is tired of being bossed around and has married a rich playboy against her famliy’s wishes.

Colbert is perfect in her portrayl of society brat Ellie Andrews. When she boards a bus headed home to her new husband, Gable’s character Peter, quickly figures out who she is. He offers to pretend to be her husband so she will not be recognized by the many people her father has looking for her.

After some confusion between the two at the end, Ellie (Colbert) annuls her marriage and marries Peter.

Along the way there are many hilarious scenes that really introduce the era of the screwball comedy. Colbert and Gable really mesh well with each other. The snappy dialouge is some of the best and was recognized with a Best Screenplay Oscar. (The film also won for Best Film, Actor, Actress, and Director.)

This is one of the great classics that I have just recently gotten around to watching. But it is one of the best romantic comedies of the 1930s.

Anyone wanting to sit back and watch a light-hearted movie should give this one a chance.

Here’s one famous clip:

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