IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
What is it? Frank Capra's fizzy comedy sees an heiress (Claudette Colbert) run away when her father objects to her elopement with a society aviator. She falls in with undercover reporter Peter (Clark Gable) and the two bicker incessantly - so you know what's coming...
Why did it win? We like to think it's because of sex. In one famous scene, Colbert shows off her famous legs to bag a ride when hitchhiking (steady), while in another, Clark Gable removed his shirt and revealed that he wasn't wearing a vest, sending sales of men's underwear plummeting. Risque!
Did it deserve to win? Taking not just Best Picture but the "big five" awards (Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress), one of only three films ever to do so, this was as clear a sweep as it gets. Frankly, it's such a pleasant surprise to see a comedy win the big Oscar that we're going to go with a big "hell yes" on the question of whether it was deserved. Other strong contenders though were comic-mystery The Thin Man, Astaire & Rogers romp The Gay Divorcee and two other Colbert starrers, Cleopatra and Imitation of Life.
Worth a look? Unequivocally yes. It's still funny, sparkly and sizzling.