From the time the subtly sexy Ellie Andrews
(Claudette Colbert) falls
into the witty Peter Warne’s (Clark
Gable) lap on the bus you know this is going to be just an
adorable romantic classic. Especially when Clark Gable says:
“Next time you drop in, bring your folks.”
reporter needs a story and an heiress is running away from her
controlling father. She is not even used to being alone in the
same room with a man, let alone sleeping in his pajamas. (so
you can make it through the “flying trapeze” song you will
be well rewarded. The singing in this movie probably seems a bit
cheesy even to those of us who are not jaded and love old
movies. There are many laugh-out-loud lines that catch you
completely unawares. Like the time Peter gives Ellie a good
smack. Don’t know why, but it is quite funny. I mean, he is
carrying her across a river in a precarious position, hands her
the suitcase, then gives her a smack and then continues on as if
nothing happened. Another reviewer made this sound like abuse,
but it really is just funny. These days the woman would hit back
as in “Buffy” or be offended in some way.
is difficult not to watch the entire movie with a silly grin on
your face because the characters are just so endearing. You have
to love how Colbert stops a car and how Peter protects her from
his prying eyes by putting up a blanket between them in the
hotel room. Where else was she going to sleep? She was broke and
hiding out from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly).
I love the scene where she tells Peter he can leave if he wants
and then is terrified when she finds him gone. Fortunately, he
just went to look for carrots because she was hungry.
A movie I could watch over and over again,
but would forward through the singing!
Cute sassy innocence with an undercurrent
If you doubt that this movie is better than most modern
be ready for a real surprise. It will really capture your
The acting is incredibly good and is it just cute!