Thursday, June 22, 2017

Night Bus

Most classic movie buffs have heard of the 1934 Frank Capra classic "It Happened One Night."

How neither one of its stars (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) was thrilled to be in it; how it swept the five major Oscar categories; and how Claudette Colbert had to be hauled off a train on the way to vacation to accept her award at the ceremony.

What most probably DON'T know is that it was based on a short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, featured in the August 1933 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

The artist for "Night Bus" is one of my favorite illustrators, James Montgomery Flagg, best known for his 1917 depiction of Uncle Sam on a military recruitment poster.

Here are the first few pages of the story, showcasing Flagg's vibrantly vintage illustrations.

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Major Pepperidge said...

I've shown "It Happened One Night" to people who "don't like old movies", and they've always loved it. Thanks for sharing the original story!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating story and terrific illustrations.

I have seen the movie several times, but all this background is news to me.

Thanks Dave.