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Free Afternoon Movie

Free Afternoon Movie

Tuesday, September 17
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary J. Benson Branch

Fun With Marchers To Different Drummers

September 17  It Happened One Night (1934) 1 hr 34 min. at the Mary J Benson Branch

Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley (Jameson Thomas) when she’s whisked away to her father’s yacht—out of King’s clutches. She jumps ship and winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of-work reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who tells her either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he’ll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks) he wants...a really juicy newspaper story.

Won 5 Oscars. The first film to clean sweep the top five Academy Award categories, the Oscar Grand Slam of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. (A feat later duplicated by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) in 1992). Gable gave his Oscar to a child who admired it, telling him it was the winning of the statue that had mattered, not owning it. The child returned the Oscar to the Gable family after Clark's death. Bugs Bunny was based on three elements in this movie.