HITCH-HIKING AND THE WALLS OF JERICHO
It’s amazing what visual creatures we are….I was thinking about my favorite movies and what the first scenes that come to my mind, when I read or hear the title of a movie, might be. For instance, in Gone With The Wind, it would be Rhett Butler turning to Scarlett and offering perhaps the most famous line in movie history, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn…….”.But then there is the scene with Scarlett when she returns to find Tara in shambles and vows, “As God is my witness, I will never go hungry again…” That timeless classic film offers a fantastic visual feast…. My mind then made the leap to another Clark Gable movie and another one of my favorites, the 1934 film It Happened One Night…For me, the first image that this title conjures is the great hitch-hiking scene where Claudette Colbert shows Gable a unique way to get someone to give them a ride….I did some investigating about this scene and it seems that Ms. Colbert thought that it would not be appropriate for her to lift her dress and show off her legs this way but when Frank Capra decided to bring in a “body-double”, Claudette became quite angry and insisted that someone else's leg could never be passed off as hers. She then insisted that she should do the scene. I would have been so disappointed if that had not really been Claudette Colbert. I’ve always loved that scene and it would’ve ruined it for me if a body-double would’ve stood in for her. I’m so glad she decided to show off her fabulous gams! The other scene that this movie calls to mind is the famous one with the sheet over the rope which served as a room divider between the two characters, Peter and Ellie, Gable christened them, “The Walls of Jericho!”....Hum… …Could be time to watch this great film again... It’s been years since I last saw it and what better way to spend a rainy Monday?