hawkeyerish (hawkeyerish) wrote,

Summer AFI project: It Happened One Night

Most Recently Watched: It Happened One Night (1934)

It's about time that I watched this movie. It's the source for one of my favorite bits of trivia. During filming, a scene called for Clark Gable to undress from his suit coat down to his bare chest, but after a few tries, Gable found that removing his undershirt was messing up his timing. Solution: just ditch the undershirt.

Now I don't know if a butterfly flapping his wings in Taiwan can cause an hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, but the decision for Gable to not wear an undershirt had a similar impact. Suddenly, it became fashionable for men to wear dresss shirts without t-shirts underneath, and it nearly ruined the industry.

This film is also gave birth to a pop culture icon. Bugs Bunny is supposedly based on a combination of Gable and a character in the film named Oscar Shapely.

How was the movie? Worthy of inclusion on the list. Predictable, but very enjoyable, but then I've always been a sucker for these kinds of romantic comedies.

Best Line - "Don't fall out of any windows!"
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