The Runaway Bride

Elizabeth Kendall, Author Anchor Books $12 (285p) ISBN 978-0-385-42033-4

Such movie directors as Frank Capra, George Stevens and Preston Sturges attempted to portray romance from a woman's point of view; It Happened One Night and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town are examples of their now-classic formula. ``Depression-era romantic film comedies starring Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert . . . and Barbara Stanwyck are enthrallingly appraised here,'' said PW. Photos. (Nov.)