Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom

Written by Mark Rausch

It Happened one Night (1934)

Let’s squeeze some light-hearted goodness (and still some skin) into these selections. One of only three films to sweep all the major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director), it stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in the original bicker-until-they-bed together film, although the bedding together had to be very implied. Sex appeal for both men and women was portrayed in very unexpected ways in this movie. Some audiences were actually outraged by Colbert showing some leg, by Gable removing his shirt, and by the undressing scenes behind the “walls of Jericho.” The title says it all, even though we don’t actually get to see what happens that night.