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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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Storyline

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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Together for the first time! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

23 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Bus  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When director Frank Capra asked Claudette Colbert to expose her leg for the hitchhiking scene, she at first refused. Later, after having seen the leg of her body double, she changed her mind insisting that "that is not my leg!" See more »

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When Claudette Colbert's character enters the motel wearing Peter's drenched trench coat, after he closes the door behind her the coat drys mysteriously. See more »

Quotes

[Peter watches as Ellie dunks her donut]
Peter Warne: Say, where'd you learn to dunk? In finishing school?
Ellie Andrews: Aw, now don't you start telling me I shouldn't dunk.
Peter Warne: Of course you shouldn't - you don't know how to do it. Dunking's an art. Don't let it soak so long. A dip and
[he stuffs the donut in his mouth]
Peter Warne: plop, in your mouth. You let it hang there too long, it'll get soft and fall off. It's all a matter of timing. Aw, I oughta write a book about it.
Ellie Andrews: [laughs] Thanks, professor.
Peter Warne: Just goes to show you - twenty ...
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The Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Performed by all bus passengers
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A Pleasant, Funny Classic
13 September 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a pleasant, funny classic that shows it age only slightly, and that has a lot of scenes you can look forward to each time that you see it. Gable and Colbert each get roles that are nicely suited to them, and are well-remembered for their performances. The supporting cast also rounds out the picture with some good character acting.

The cross-country trip on the bus and via other assorted methods is fun to watch, with several nice vignettes that complement the main story line. (The atmosphere on the long bus trip is done especially well.) The plot is of course not meant to be taken too seriously in itself, but it comes in very handy for setting up good characters and comedy.

It all comes across as effortlessly entertaining romantic comedy, with some classic scenes and characters you learn to care for in spite of their mistakes.


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