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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:
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 is actually a reporter in need of a story. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
This classic never loses its magic! Romance, warmth & humor! See more (241 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:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #4311-R: 11 May 1938 for re-release)

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Trivia:
The first of only three films to win every major Academy Award, including Best Picture.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After King lands and taxis in the autogyro, apparently the sole occupant, a man is visible in the cockpit crouching down as King walks around and to the rear of the autogyro.See more »
Quotes:
[Peter hangs a blanket between the twin beds in their room at the autocamp]
Ellie Andrews:That, I suppose, makes everything quite all right?
Peter Warne:Oh this? Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I'm very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me. Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, but a lot safer. You see, uh, I have no trumpet. Now just to show you my heart's in the right place, I'll give you my best pair of pajamas.
[he offers her the pajamas - she ignores them - so he tosses them at her]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
This classic never loses its magic! Romance, warmth & humor!, 13 May 2001
Author: gmmax from Peoria, Illinois

This sweet comedy never loses its appeal. Claudette Colbert is a spoiled young girl who meets a wordly, attractive newspaper reporter (Clark Gable). In the beginning, she treats him like a servant, but he never knuckles under to this behavior. The interaction between these two is very romantic and humorous. It is the classic portrayal of what may be called "sexual tension." He takes care of her - does not take advantage of her - but makes her realize that her wealthy background cannot carry her through as a human being, she has to earn his respect by treating him with respect. There is a scene in which the two of them are forced to hitchhike, and their "breakfast" is only a handful of carrots plucked from a garden they were lucky to find. As Gable stands at the edge of the road and Colbert is perched atop a wooden fence, his wisecracking posture is said to be the inspiration for the beloved cartoon character Bugs Bunny. This is a must-see for every one who loves old movies, and entertaining for all.

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