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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:
23 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's actually a reporter looking for a story. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Travel back in time, to the days when romantic comedies had not yet evolved into chick flicks See more (215 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)
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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:o.Al. | Iceland:L | 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:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #4311-R: 11 May 1938 for re-release)

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Trivia:
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, and Constance Bennett also turned the script down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Peter is chasing after the police escort that Ellen is riding in, the road has a solid line down the middle. As he pulls over to the side of the road and gets the flat tire, there is no line down the middle of the road. It is a different road.See more »
Quotes:
Peter Warne:[Detectives are looking for Ellie] What do you mean, coming in here? What do you want, anyway?
Detective:We're looking for somebody.
Peter Warne:Yeah, well look your head off, but don't come busting in here. This isn't a public park. I could near as take a sock at you!
Detective:Take it easy, son, take it easy.
Mr. Dykes:These men are detectives, Mr. Warne.
Peter Warne:I don't care if they're the whole police department. They can't come busting in here, shooting questions at my wife.
Ellie Andrews:Now, don't get so excited, Peter. The man just asked a civil question.
Peter Warne:Oh, is that so? Say, how many times have I told you to stop butting in when I'm having an argument?
Ellie Andrews:Well, you don't have to lose your temper!
Peter Warne:[mockingly] "You don't have to lose your temper." That's what you said the other time, too. Every time I try to protect you. The other night, at the Elks Dance, when that big Swede made a pass at you!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad WolfSee more »

FAQ

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39 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Travel back in time, to the days when romantic comedies had not yet evolved into chick flicks, 28 November 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I was inspired to think of other films with completely mystifying titles. `The Phantom Menace', obviously. Also: `The Shop Around the Corner' (around the corner from WHERE?), `The Empire Strikes Back' (it doesn't), `The Living Daylights', `True Lies', `Batman Forever', `Species', `The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' ... if anyone has any more suggestions, please send them to me.

In this case, it happens over several nights, and I'm not sure which particular night is being referred to. Probably one of the candidate nights is less unobvious than the rest; so I guess the title isn't COMPLETELY mystifying. But actually, Capra gives us the feeling that everything is up in the air. Everyone knows that the hero and heroine of romantic comedies are bound to get hitched in the end - in most cases it's simply a question of staying awake. But Capra makes us feel the contingency of it all. I, for one, was convinced that right up until the final moment, it could have gone either way. How did Capra manage this? Was it because he was a complete innocent; or was it because he was remarkably sophisticated? I don't suppose it matters: it's results that count.

I'm glad to see very little mention among the comments about the sexism of it all. The characters have life; their words have life; and if such art as this could only be produced by a sexist society, it's almost worth creating a sexist society (and then dismantling it), in order to get the art. In modern romances I get the feeling that the writers are wearily writing `feisty' lines for the heroine in an attempt to fool feminists, who, by and large, aren't so easily fooled. Claudette Colbert isn't feisty. When she DOES assert her independence, she means it.

(And, of course, when Clark Gable asserts his dominance, HE means it. You don't get sincerity like this these days.)

Anyway, the ideology of a film, if there is one, is always beside the point, except inasmuch as the ideology is AESTHETICALLY attractive or unattractive. This is an attractive film. Two real individuals, a real story, some misunderstanding but no tiresome or pointless misunderstanding, constant wit - and, as I expressed amazement at earlier, constant suspense. And if THAT isn't enough to get you to watch it, note that it was released in 1934. The Hayes code didn't come into effect until 1935. Not a moment too late.

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