Screen Test of Time, Ep. 35: It Happened One Night
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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This week, on a very special episode of the Screen Test of Time: it was really a movie! A very good movie! Frank Capra's It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is the Ur-romantic comedy, the movie to which most of the tropes in the genre can trace their lineage. It's not perfect, but it's the highest scored movie David and Suzan have watched so far. The first of a dozen nominees and the winner from 1934, it's going to be tough to beat.
• Year Eligible: 1934 (Winner)
• Additional audio: "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" from It Happened One Night (1934)