Friday, July 30, 2010
Emily Brontë and Claudette Colbert
Emily's health, like her sisters', had been weakened by the harsh local climate at home and at school. She caught a cold during the funeral of her brother in September, which led to tuberculosis. Refusing medical help, she died on 19 December 1848 and was interred in the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Haworth, West Yorkshire.
I will probably be ordered to the stocks for writing this, but I didn't care for Wuthering Heights. I found the story depressing and the atmosphere oppresive. I prefer Jane Austen's lighter touch. You may now throw eggs at your computer. But remember, it is your computer, and you will have to clean up the mess.
The film was the first to sweep all five major Academy Awards: including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay, and was a resounding box-office success.
More on It Happened One Night:
Neither Gable nor Colbert were the first choices to play the lead roles. Miriam Hopkins first rejected the part of Ellie. Robert Montgomery and Myrna Loy were then offered the roles, but each turned the script down, though Loy later noted that the final story as filmed bore little resemblance to the script that she and Montgomery and been offered for their perusal. Margaret Sullavan and Loretta Young also rejected the part. Constance Bennett was willing to play the role if she could produce the film herself; however, Columbia Pictures would not allow this. Then Bette Davis wanted the role, but was under contract with Warner Brothers and Jack Warner refused to loan her. Carole Lombard was unable to accept because the filming schedule conflicted with that of Bolero.
I love It Happened One Night. It was a screwball comedy with two terrific stars: the petite, sophisticated Colbert and the husky, masculine Clark Gable. The dialog is clever, and it gives you an idea of what it was like to live in America during the Depression without bringing you down. The conclusion is brilliant, and Colbert's wedding gown is a classic.
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