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It’s A Gift (1934)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1934

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68 min – view video clip (no trailer found)

Director: Norman McLeod
Starring: W C Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol

Genres: Comedy

IMDB 7.4 / Amazon 4.3 / Tomatometer 100%

Oscars: none

Ranked #128 Greatest Movies Through 1960

A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. IMDB 7.4 rating from over 2,652 users

It’s a Gift (1934) is a remake of Fields’s 1926 silent It’s the Old Army Game, and was the first sound feature devoted to Fields’s inimitable talent. As beleaguered husband and would-be orange farmer, Fields revives vintage routines from Vaudeville and Broadway, and his first encounter with Baby LeRoy is comedy gold. Amazon 4.3 stars from over 58 users

W.C. Fields is in fine fettle as small-town grocer Harold Bissonette (pronounced Biss-o-NAY). Harold dreams of becoming a California orange farmer, but his gorgon wife (Kathleen Howard) will have none of it.  Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100% Audience 78%

MRQE more than 10 reviews linked

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It Happened One Night (1934)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1934

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105 min – view video trailer

Director: Frank Capra
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

IMDB 8.3 / Amazon 4.8 / MRQE 89% / Decent Films A-

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 5 (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Writing)

Ranked #26 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who’s actually a reporter looking for a story. IMDB 8.3 rating from over 34,760 users

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic… a spirited entertainment and an uplifting experience. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 153 users

One of the most enduring romantic comedies of Hollywood’s golden age, Capra’s It Happened One Nightis an unassuming road picture starring Clark Gable as an out-of-work newspaperman and Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress who travel together from Miami to New York. Decent Films A-

MRQE 89% from over 34 reviews

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L’Atalante (1934) French

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1934

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89 mins – view video trailer

Director: Jean Vigo
Starring: Dita Parlo, Jean Daste, Michel Simon

Genres: Drama, Foreign, Romance

IMDB 7.9 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 97% / Tomatometer 100%

Oscars: none

Ranked #67 Greatest Movies Through 1960

Bored by life on the river, Juliette slips off to see the nightlife when they come to Paris. Angered by this, Jean (her husband) sets off, leaving her behind. Overcome by grief and longing for his wife, Jean falls into a depression and Pere Jules (second mate on their boat) goes and tries to find Juliette. IMDB 7.9 rating from over 6,133 users

This intoxicatingly inventive masterpiece- a perennial entry on best-of-all-time lists- is one of the world’s great films. Jean Vigo’s innovative style transforms a simple and engaging plot of a young woman’s stormy initiation into married life on a river barge, into a kaleidoscope of dazzling digressions and offbeat characterizations complete with tour-de-force scenes that still seem fresh and startling. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 29 users

Jean becomes jealous of a flirtation between Juliette and a peddler, and when she leaves the ship again later, Jean casts off from the port. This dark love story is also peppered with hallucinations and unusual camerawork. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100% Audience 89%

MRQE 97% from over 35 reviews

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