• It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night

Release Date: February 23rd, 1934

DVD Release Date: December 28th, 1999

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress.

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Alan Hale, Ward Bond

Director: Frank Capra

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Father, 1930s, Amusing, Charming, Transformation, Husband, Playful, Forbidden love, Hotel, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Nothing can take away from the strength of Gable and Colbert's performances, the illusion of romance in their interaction, and Capra's deftness in crafting this kind of feel-good narrative. The screwball comedy elements work as effectively as the love story, which is a rarity for romantic comedies. show more

  • 88
    Chris CabinSlant Magazine

    Even now, It Happened One Night carries the unmistakable tenor of a breakout hit, fueled by confidently zippy repartee and manic comic invention that almost none of the innumerable pretenders to the throne of romantic comedy can match. show more

  • 100
    David ParkinsonEmpire

    A must see. show more

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