On Friday, February 6 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for the month’s Classic Film Friday Presentation: It Happened One Night. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public free of charge. Directed (and co-written) by Frank Capra, the 1934 film is considered one of the greatest romantic comedies in film history. Not only was it a box office sleeper hit, but it was a critical success, as well, garnering five Academy Award nominations and winning in all five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra), and Best Adaptation (Robert Riskin).
In a reversal of the classic Cinderella story, the film’s heiress heroine (Claudette Colbert) rejects her wealthy lifestyle and falls in company – and love – with a gruff, out-of-work reporter (Clark Gable). Class conflicts, socio-economic differences, and battles of wit are played out along a madcap road trip that contains some of the most memorable film scenes ever created. Running time for It Happened One Night is 105 minutes, and the film will be followed by a brief talk-back session by David Pierce. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.