August 26, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The Tropic’s August series of Monday Night Classics is focused on Hot Pursuits — and it concludes with Frank Capra’s acclaimed screwball comedy “It Happened One Night,” the first film ever to be honored with all five major Oscars. (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.)
Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Clark Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their misadventures into a job — but complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love.
“As buoyant and elegant as bubbles in a glass of champagne.” –The Guardian