This was awful!


I tried to watch this film on Turner and it was torture.

First of all, it's an obvious rip-off of It Happened One Night (right down to the hitchhiking scene) and second of all, Jimmy Stewart's attempt to portray a hard-boiled PI was painful to watch. The studio hadn't figured out what to do with him yet - maybe putting him in a role where he obviously would be compared to Clark Gable taught them what types of characters he shouldn't play!

The story opens with a chopped together mish-mash of "wrongly accused" cliches which were confusing and illogical. The story loped along with dull dialog and dragged-out sequences. I managed to watch about 30 minutes of it before deleting it.

The ironic part of this is that "It Happened One Night" was intended as a punishment for both Colbert & Gable, who the studios thought needed to be put in their places. It was supposed to be just another "programmer" and both stars resented being forced to do it. Nonetheless, it turned out to be a great story that was well-acted and directed and took home the Best Film Oscar. It's THIS film that seems to be an obligation to be fulfilled...no snap, no life, nothing.

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There's nothing in this enjoyable film as torturous as that mawkish corny sing-a-long of "Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" on the bus in "It Happened One Night" --- no such Capra-corn in this movie.

Georgie M

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Watching TCM's tribute to CC's birthday and having just seen "It Happened One Night", I gotta say... I agree with you! lol


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Thanks. I should add that I admire and enjoy most of "It Happened One Night," but Capra's approach toward depicting "the little people" can sometimes be patronizing and out of touch with the realities of middle-class life in the Depression era --- for instance, in his wonderful movie "It's a Wonderful Life," the barely solvent Bailey family can afford an African-American maid/cook --- what did they pay her? -- a dime an hour? Writer/director Preston Sturges was much more in touch with the so-called "little people" --- his "Christmas in July" should have been a model for Capra (who tended to superficially depict the wealthy as villains) --- Sturges was more warmly all-embracing.

Georgie M

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This thing was on TCM, on a cold morning, as I worked on my computer, and I had to turn the channel to something else. I love Jimmy Stewart, but Claudette Colbert's shrill yap-yap-yapping like she was all hopped up on caffeine, her incessant yammering away made my ears bleed and my head hurt! Shut up, already!
Much ado about nothing, all shouting and hyperactive carrying on. Awful awful movie is right.

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I enjoyed it. There were a couple of times where I laughed out loud. It wasn't the best movie that I ever saw, but it wasn't as bad as all that.

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This is the only James Stewart movie where I actually disliked him. He was so hateful, can't imagine what she saw in him. Very unappealing character. She was an educated, refined woman, and she was simpering after him? Awful film.

I guess it's like looking at clouds. You see one thing and I see another. Peace.

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I heartily agree! I was so disappointedin this film. The best part about it was Hans Conried at 22. It's just a bad movie. I had just finished watching "It Happened One Night" and I was looking forward to seeing this unknown flick with 2 of my favorite actors. I can't believe I didn't like Jimmy Stewart in this film either. His accents were awful and even if they meant them to be awful, it was still painful. It's worth seeing this just to say that you have seen it but after that, just let it go. Yuck!

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It's definitely a mess and the characters make no sense, but it does have some pretty entertaining bits in it. I laughed quite a lot, though all the yelling is pretty grating and the romance is totally inexplicable.

"It's that kind of idiocy that I empathize with." ~David Bowie

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I agree;this is a *awful* movie...No wonder that is was a big flop in 1939.

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I agree;this is a *awful* movie...No wonder that this movie was a big flop in 1939.

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Yep it's pretty bad, watching it now. I guess this is the one 1939 they don't talk about. I wonder if Colbert and Stewart ever worked together again.

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