best film: It Happened One Night. I really think a lot of The Palm Beach Story but this one is still pretty easy. It Happened One Night launched the screwball comedy subgenre (along with Hawks’ twentieth century). The editing and pace are something to behold (I think Capra’s greatest achievement here) and the performances are superb.

best performance:  It Happened One Night. Colbert and Clark Gable both won the Oscar for this iconic masterpiece. She’s marvelous here and every bit the equal of Gable.

stylistic innovations/traits: She’s in superb comedies from Capra, Sturges and Lubitsch which helped define this era of cinema and the comedy genre in general.

directors worked with: Leisen (2), but once with Lubitsch, Ford, Capra and Sturges

Top 5 Performances:

  1. It Happened One Night
  2. The Palm Beach Story
  3. The Smiling Lieutenant
  4. Midnight
  5. Since You Went Away

Archiveable films

1931- The Smiling Lieutenant
1934- Cleopatra
1934- Imitation of Life
1934- It Happened One Night
1939- Drums Along the Mohawk
1939- It’s a Wonderful World
1939- Midnight
1940- Boom Town
1942- The Palm Beach Story
1943- No Time For Love
1944- Since You Went Away
1957- Funny Face