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It Happened One Night (1934)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 February 1934 (USA)
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A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.



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Release Date:

23 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Bus  »

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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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Peter Warne: I want to see what love looks like when it's triumphant. I haven't had a good laugh in a week.
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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One of the funniest movies in history
12 August 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In my college film class we had begun watching "It happened one night". I was laughing my head off. But of course my professor stops the movie right when it was getting good. After that, I wanted to see this movie so badly. My father lucky enough had the movie. I watched it and it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Clark Gable is histerical. He really does a great job in the film. I always did prefer the old comedies to today. Do you blame me? If you watch the flick, you will enjoy it. This is one of the first romantic comedies. It'll send all the others to the back of the bus. I would higly recommend this movie. It's a classic.


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