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It Happened One Night (1934)

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A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story.

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Danker
Arthur Hoyt ...
Zeke
Blanche Friderici ...
Zeke's Wife
Charles C. Wilson ...
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Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies ! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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23 February 1934 (USA)  »

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$325,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Myrna Loy, Capra's first choice, turned down the role of Ellie Andrews because a recent film set on a bus had failed, and she didn't think that this one would succeed. Margaret Sullivan, Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard, and Constance Bennett also turned the script down. See more »

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In the opening scene, Daddy's yacht is supposedly anchored off Miami. Yet in the distance are tall coastal hills, similar to what one might see in Southern California. Such a topographical feature is unknown in South Florida. See more »

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Joe Gordon: That's the way things go: you think you got a great yarn, and something comes along and messes up the finish - and there you are.
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The Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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Love Triumphs (and the Wall of Jericho Falls)
6 April 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Miami, the spoiled socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is trapped in the yacht of her controller father, the Wall Street banker Andrews (Walter Connolly), who has just annulled her secret marriage with the snobbish aviator King Westley (Jameson Thomas). Out of the blue, Ellie jumps overboard and swims to the shore. Andrews hires a detective agency to find her and offers a 10,000 dollars reward for any information about his daughter. But Ellie pawns her watch, buys some clothing and a bus ticket to New York to meet her lover. She seats side- by-side with the cynical reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable). However, when a thief steals her purse with her money in a bus stop and Ellie does not report to the police, Peter recognizes and blackmails Ellie, asking her to travel together with him. He promises to protect her and in return he would write her adventure to meet King Westley. Along their journey, Ellie falls in love for Peter; but when he vanishes from the motel where they are lodged and contacts her father later, she believes he was only interested in the reward. In the end, love triumphs and the wall of Jericho falls.

"It Happened One Night" is another delightful and charming romantic comedy of Frank Capra. The romance of a cynical reporter with a spoiled young woman is very funny despite being naive and dated, with witty dialogs, and the chemistry between Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable is marvelous. The cinematography in black and white is wonderful with magnificent use of lighting to highlight the lead couple. Last time I saw this classic was on 29 January 2003 and this is the third time that I watch this film, now on DVD from Columbia Distributor, and I highly recommend it as one of the best romantic comedies ever. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Aconteceu Naquela Noite" ("It Happened that Night")


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