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It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 22 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.



(screen play), (based on the short story by)
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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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An unforgettable entertainment...the outstanding performance of two outstanding careers! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

22 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Bus  »


Box Office


$325,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (cut TV)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »


When Ellie enters the motel wearing Peter's drenched trench coat, after he closes the door behind her the coat dries mysteriously. See more »


Danker: Oh, I see, young people in love are never hungry.
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Referenced in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung by an offscreen chorus during the wedding
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One of the funniest movies in history
12 August 2004 | by 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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