It Happened One Night ★★★½

The first movie to win Oscars for the five major categories (Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay). Considered a classic of the romcom, and the creator of the screwball comedy.

It's amazing then, that both its stars hated it.

Columbia was considered to be a poverty row studio at the time, and major studios like MGM and Warner would gladly lend them misbehaving actors to take them down a notch or two. Gable reportedly showed the first day and said, "Let's get this over with." Colbert told a friend on the last day that she had "just finished the worst picture I ever made."

Yet both stars are very winning in this story of a smartass but principled newspaper reporter helping a spoiled heiress get to New York on the sly, evading detectives and her mega-rich father - all for an exclusive story, of course. Also of course they start out hating each other, of course they fall in love, and of course Depression audiences ate it up with a spoon.

Columbia suddenly became a major studio, and director Frank Capra begins a hot streak of classics - all because of a silly love story.