Last night on TCM I saw Midnight starring Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche--I laughed heartily two dozen times; this is significant as I rarely laugh out loud at films. It's a crime this is only available on VHS--Criterion needs to get their asses in gear!
Colbert sneaks into high society posing as a Hungarian Baroness--her charade nearly falls apart within minutes of its execution, but some other old lady is thought to be the imposter and thrown out of a rich soiree as Colbert is adopted by a smitten Frenchy and taken into his high-stakes Bridge game; from there she somehow ends up involved in a multi-faceted marriage plot/conspiracy. When the "Baroness Czerni" hears the hostess boast of chucking out the old imposter, her forced laugh had me actually falling off the couch. The film has an odd flair: one scene features a series of double-takes by uppercrust stereotypes, including a perfectly timed and surreal comic gesture by a poodle, seated, for some reason, at breakfast--this was so unexpected I spit out a mouthfull of $30 shiraz. The dialogue is great (John Barrymore: "We've certainly landed in something, my dear, but it's not butter!" or my favorite Colbert lines: "Yeah, well every Cinderella has her slipper!" and "I know quite well the dangers that lurk in hotel lobbies.") Mary Astor, Barrymore, Ameche--all excellent! Don't miss this if you get the chance (and a big thanks to The Dazzling Urbanite for turning me on to another truly excellent film).
I also watched brief bits of It's a Wonderful World (Colbert and Jimmy Stewart) and Boom Town (Colbert, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Heddy Lamarr).