It Happened One Night
Victoria Riskin is the author of a new book about her parents, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir.
Joseph McBride is the author of twenty books, including volumes on Frank Capra, John Ford, Orson Welles, and, most recently, Ernst Lubitsch. He is a professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns,
This here’s a screwball comedy that throws some real curves: most particularly a leggy Claudette Colbert and a shirtless Clark Gable. Cheeky Colbert plays a runaway heiress on a bus north to find her fiancé; instead she finds fellow traveler Gable, an ace reporter with everything but an assignment. The repartee (written by Robert Riskin, who won an Oscar for the screenplay) is faster than a Greyhound on the interstate and the sexy innuendos barely outraced the censors, but Frank Capra’s Depression-era romp has no shortage of employable humor. Watch for the “Walls of Jericho” gag acknowledging that sheets happen.