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It Happened One Night -- 4k Ultra HD version captured and mastered in 4k. Winner of all 5 major 1934 Oscars(r), including Best Picture! When a brash reporter (Clark Gable) meets a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert), can love be far behind? A Frank Capra/Columbia Classic.
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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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 »
Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies ! See more »
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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Pleasant, Funny Classic See more (229 total) »


  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
105 min | West Germany:65 min (cut TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #4311-R: 11 May 1938 for re-release)

Did You Know?

According to Frank Capra, Claudette Colbert was the sixth actress that was offered the lead role. Colbert reluctantly accepted the role turned down by the other five actresses when Capra agreed to double her salary and guarantee that Colbert only had to work for four weeks or less.See more »
Continuity: On wedding day, King comes into room to comfort Ellie. A few minutes later he arrives by autogyro.See more »
Joe Gordon:That's the way things go: you think you got a great yarn, and something comes along and messes up the finish - and there you are.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Chori Chori (1956)See more »
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »


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48 out of 57 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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