IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
Stars Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
Arguably Frank Capra's best film.
Awards: This was the first movie to be honoured with all four major Oscars. Best Actor,
Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture; also won Best Writing (adaptation).
A delightful screwball comedy about two mismatched lovers: Spoiled Ellie Andrews
(Claudette Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly) who wants to
stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. But on the way to New York, Ellie meets an
out-of-work reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable).
Alexander Andrews: Oh, er, do you mind if I ask you a question, frankly?
Do you love my daughter?
Peter Warne: Any guy that'd fall in love with your daughter ought to have
his head examined.
Alexander Andrews: Now that's an evasion!
Peter Warne: She picked herself a perfect running mate -- King Westley --
the pill of the century! What she needs is a guy that'd take a sock at her once a day,
whether it's coming to her or not. If you had half the brains you're supposed to have,
you'd done it yourself, long ago.
Alexander Andrews: Do you love her?
Peter Warne: A normal human being couldn't live under the same roof with
her without going nutty! She's my idea of nothing!
Alexander Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her?
Peter Warne: YES!! But don't hold that against me, I'm a little screwy
LOST HORIZON (1937)
Stars Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt
Awards: Won Two Oscars (Art Direction, Best Film Editing); Nominations: Five Oscars
including Best Music, Best Picture
From James Hilton's novel, this marvellous classic tale of a civilisation in a lost
world which has found the secret of eternal youth is beautifully captured on film. British
diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Coleman) and a small group of civilians crash land in the
Himalayas, and are rescued by the people from the idyllic Utopian community of Shangri-la,
presided over by a 200 year old High Lama. Protected by the mountains from the world
outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive
escape for the world-weary Conway. Especially when entranced by one of the beautiful young
women. . .
MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains
Awards: Won - Oscar for Best Writing, Original; Nominations – nine Oscars
including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Music, Best Supporting Actor
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), leader of the Boy Rangers, is
appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the
state's senior senator—presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Thomas Paine
(Claude Rains). In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the
political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with
the state political boss, Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold). Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith
and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.
MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936)
Stars Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur
Awards: Won Best Director; Nominated: Four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor
Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of
life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds
a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an
instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationalist daily
newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) comes along. Babe is a
hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in
PLATINUM BLONDE (1931)
Stars: Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Jean Harlow
Reporter 'Stew' Smith (Robert Williams) meets beautiful Ann Schuyler (Jean Harlow),
a rich socialite, while covering the story of a scandal involving Ann's family. Ann takes
a liking to the wisecracking Smith and the couple eventually elope. Stew's roots as a
street smart reporter don't prepare him well for mixing with Ann's high society friends
and he starts spending more time with his 'pal', female reporter Gallagher (Loretta
Young). Everything comes to a head when Ann and her family return home to their mansion
one evening and find that Stew has invited all his 'pals' over for an impromptu drinking
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)
Stars: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart
Awards: Two Oscars - Best Director, Best Picture; Nominations: Five Oscars
Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur), the only normal person from a zany family falls in
love with her boss, Tony Kirby (James Stewart), but the relationship breaks up, when
during a dinner at her home, the house is raided by the police and everyone is arrested on
suspicion of anarchism.