The Macguffin Report

Season 2, Episode 1: The Beginning of Rom-Coms

July 18, 2019

Season 2, Episode 1: Early rom-coms, modern rom-coms and what to do with bad recommendations

Shazam! The MacGuffin Report is back for another season of takes on American TV, movies and pop culture.

This time, co-hosts Walter Hong, Raechel Wong and Os Davis reach back into Hollywoods’s past, to days before the expression “pop culture” was in common parlance; the MacGuffins take a look at 1934’s “It Happened One Night”, the Hollywood standard starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert which was released just seven years after the first full-length talkie.

A viewing (and reviewing) of the film leads to a deep-dive into the nature and essence of Hollywood rom-coms in general, happily name-dropping lots of more modern favorites such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Love Actually.”

Also, answers to a question evermore relevant for us all: How much respect do you lose for someone who recommends bad TV/movies?