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The late, great Billy Wilder related the following story, so naturally we believe it: Upon completing the final shot of 1934's It Happened One Night, Claudette Colbert — an arrestingly beautiful woman, a magnificent screen presence and, apparently, a lousy judge of artistic merit — politely instructed director Frank Capra to engage in sexual congress with himself, so convinced was she that the picture they had just wrapped was utter crap. Fast-forward to one year later, when Colbert was informed that the film had won five Academy Awards, including Best Actress. Awkward. She and Best Actor winner Clark Gable match wits in the definitive screwball comedy of the Capra oeuvre, screening at 1:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Central Library (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3400). In November and December, the library's Capra-cornucopia: A Frank Capra Retrospective spotlights Capra's greatest films, plus a few you may have missed. See for a complete schedule.— Brent Shepherd

Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Dec. 18, 2010

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