I am going to start posting a brief note on the movie (or movies) that I think is highly overrated. First up: a Capra classic. It Happened One Night is probably the biggest name omission that didn’t make it on the list partly because the movie just isn’t any good. I hadn’t seen it in quite a long time and I just assumed it would appear on this list, probably in the bottom half. But I watched it again last week and I was stunned at how bad and boring it was. It starts out fairly well, but the second half just goes on and on (and on and on … zzzzz). And, as I’ve said before, I can’t stand comedy that relies on misunderstandings that don’t make sense. Why couldn’t Clarke Gable tell Claudette Colbert he was going into the city? Or – now here’s a radical idea – leave a note! That way when she wakes up and you are gone, she won’t think you abandoned her and run back to her fiancé. Oh, but I forgot, it was the Depression so maybe there was a pencil shortage? That nonsense at the end is enough to knock the movie well out of contention and how it won so many Oscars, I’ll never know. Claudette Colbert didn’t think much of Frank Capra or the movie (until, perhaps, she had Oscar in hand) and I think her instincts were right. Capra’s son suggested it was a case of an actor not having the complete vision of the movie that the director had, but I don’t think so. She knew bad writing when she saw it. The only really good thing about the movie is Clarke Gable’s surprisingly jubilant performance. (I say surprising because I’ve never been a big Gable fan.) This movie is average at best and isn’t anywhere near as good as my bottom two on the list Happiness and The Thin Man.