The first of our forgotten best picture winners was such an early sound movie that it is hard to watch, even if it is considered one of the very first movie musicals.
This “jukebox musical” of patriotic Broadway hits showcases James Cagney’s powerhouse performance, but that’s basically the only part of the movie that works for me.
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert predictably fall for each other in this gleefully larger-than-life early road trip romantic comedy
The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.
If Frank Capra’s particular brand of idealistic American mythmaking feels dated today, that may be more our problem than his.