Don Ameche aboard the Queen Mary, 1938
It Happened One Night (1934)
Peter Warne: Sure I’ve thought about it. Who hasn’t? If I could ever meet the right sort of girl. Aw, where you gonna find her? Somebody that’s real. Somebody that’s alive. They don’t come that way anymore. Have I ever thought about it? I’ve even been sucker enough to make plans. You know, I saw an island in the Pacific once. I’ve never been able to forget it. That’s where I’d like to take her. She’d have to be the sort of a girl who’d… well, who’d jump in the surf with me and love it as much as I did. You know, nights when you and the moon and the water all become one. You feel you’re part of something big and marvelous. That’s the only place to live… where the stars are so close over your head you feel you could reach up and stir them around. Certainly, I’ve been thinking about it. Boy, if I could ever find a girl who was hungry for those things…
Ellie Andrews: Take me with you, Peter. Take me to your island. I want to do all those things you talked about. Peter Warne: You’d better go back to your bed… I love you. Nothing else matters. We can run away. Everything will take care of itself. Please, Peter, I can’t let you out of my life now. I couldn’t live without you.
William Powell in Jewel Robbery (1932)
After Blondie watches her mother die because she can’t afford healthcare, she vows that she’ll never be poor again. The Depression-era waif uses her smarts instead of sex appeal to rise through the ranks of the underworld. Blondie Johnson (1933) stars Joan Blondell in a dazzling departure from her usual enchanting glam and gams comedies.