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It Happened One Night
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It Happened One Night -- A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story. But then he falls for her...

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Riskin (screen play)
Samuel Hopkins Adams (based on the short story by)
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Release Date:
22 February 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies ! See more »
Plot:
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Pleasant, Funny Classic See more (247 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Peter

Claudette Colbert ... Ellie

Walter Connolly ... Andrews

Roscoe Karns ... Shapeley

Jameson Thomas ... Westley

Alan Hale ... Danker

Arthur Hoyt ... Zeke
Blanche Friderici ... Zeke's Wife

Charles C. Wilson ... Gordon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... The Bag Thief (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Woman at Auto Camp (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Clark (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Bus Driver #1 (uncredited)

Harry C. Bradley ... Henderson (uncredited)
George P. Breakston ... Boy Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Charles A. Browne ... Reporter (uncredited)

James Burke ... Detective (uncredited)

Edmund Burns ... Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)

Ken Carson ... Guitar Player on Bus (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Bus Driver #2 (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Lovington (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Drunk Reporter (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Detective (uncredited)
Ray Creighton ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Jack Curtis ... Policeman (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Vendor on Bus (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ... Society Woman (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Minister at Wedding (uncredited)

Oliver Eckhardt ... Mr. Dykes - Auto Camp Owner (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Jack Evans ... Man Saying 'Your Bus Leaves in 5 Minutes' (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Agnes - Gordon's Secretary (uncredited)
Allen Fox ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Dolores Fuller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joaquin Garay ... Mexican Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
A.R. Haysel ... Bus Dispatcher (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Last Auto Camp Manager (uncredited)
Harry Hume ... Policeman (uncredited)

William Irving ... Passenger on Second Bus (uncredited)
Sam Josephson ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
Mimi Lindell ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Rose May ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

William McCall ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Mother on Bus (uncredited)
Kate Morgan ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Earl Pingree ... Policeman (uncredited)

Hal Price ... Reporter (uncredited)
Margaret Reid ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Detective (uncredited)
Blanche Rose ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Rita Ross ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Marvin Schecter ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Harry Schultz ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Bert Scott ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Linda Lee Solomon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Starkey ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Ethel Sykes ... Maid of Honor (uncredited)
Jane Talent ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Ticket Buyer (uncredited)

Harry Todd ... Flagman at Railroad Crossing (uncredited)

Maidel Turner ... Last Motel Manager's Wife (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Waiter at Wedding (uncredited)
John Wallace ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Butler (uncredited)
Dave Wengren ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Billy West ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Wilroy ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Cook Serving Food to Passengers (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Tony (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play)

Samuel Hopkins Adams (based on the short story by)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Cohn .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mary Wiggins .... stunt double: Claudette Colbert's dive off ship (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Samuel J. Briskin .... executive assistant: Mr. Cohn (uncredited)
George Brown .... general press agent (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min | West Germany:65 min (cut TV version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:S (1950) | Finland:K-16 (1935) | Germany:0 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1934) | Norway:16 (1934) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #4311-R: 11 May 1938 for re-release)

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Trivia:
This was the first film to win the Oscar "grand slam" (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Peter is held up by the train at a crossing, the caboose is plainly marked SP (Southern Pacific). But he is supposed to be in New Jersey. Although there might be SP box cars in New Jersey, there would not be an SP caboose.See more »
Quotes:
Ellie Andrews:And suppose nobody stops for us?
Peter Warne:They'll stop all right. lt's a matter of knowing how to handle them.
Ellie Andrews:And you're an expert l suppose.
Peter Warne:Expert. And l'll write a book about it. Call it ''The Hitchhiker's Hail.''
Ellie Andrews:There's no end to your accomplishments, is there?
Peter Warne:You think it's simple?
Ellie Andrews:No.
Peter Warne:Well, it is simple. lt's all in that old thumb, see? Some people do it like this. Or like this. All wrong. Never get anywhere. The poor things. But that old thumb never fails. lt's all a matter of how you do it, though. Now you take No. 1, for instance. That's a short jerky movement, like this. That shows independence. You don't care if they stop or not. You got money. Clever. No. 2, that's a little wider movement. Smile goes with this one, like this. That means you got a brand-new story about the farmer's daughter.
Ellie Andrews:You figured that out all by yourself?
Peter Warne:That's nothing. No. 3, that's a pip. That's the pitiful one. When you're broke and hungry, everything looks black. lt's a long sweeping movement like this. Gotta follow through, though.
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Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

FAQ

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53 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A Pleasant, Funny Classic, 13 September 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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