A screwball comedy with Oscar glory follows the exploits of a spoiled heiress who runs away in rebellion against her mogul father. Meanwhile, a wisecracking reporter is determined to get the scoop on her disappearance.
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The source for many lovable romantic comedy tropes, as well as several annoying ones. I still say that it's far behind what Lubitsch was doing earlier and Sturges would do after, that its script is like watching a comic setup write itself, and that Clark Gable's sex appeal hinges weirdly on being a smug, domineering ass. But it has its moments, where screwball fantasy and Depression reality combine to make magic.
Capra (the endearing romanticist populist) and his infamous screwball comedy is a treat - the sparring chemistry between Gable and Colbert is a delight. A director and cast that were definitely some of the shining lights of the Studio System era.
When the film was reaching the end, I actually thought: oh well, lame and way too predictable. But that final shot just blew me away with cuteness. Clark Gable is disarmingly sweet and Claudette Colbert acts with such conviction and personality. They certainly are my favourite couple on Screwball history.
This is an exceptional comedy and one of the greatest of all time. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert had excellent chemistry and top that all off with Capra's optimistic and heartwarming view of America and its open roads and you've got one of the very first road pictures and screwball comedies.
Amazing screwball comedy that works at almost every single level. who could ask for better when Frank Capra is behind the lens & both Colbert and Gable keep charm and laughs all the way through the show.