A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), Samuel Hopkins Adams (based on the short story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Peter Warne
Claudette Colbert ... Ellie Andrews
Walter Connolly ... Alexander Andrews
Roscoe Karns ... Oscar Shapeley
Jameson Thomas ... King Westley
Alan Hale ... Danker
Arthur Hoyt ... Zeke
Blanche Friderici ... Zeke's Wife
Charles C. Wilson ... Joe Gordon
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Storyline

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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Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

It Happened One Night (1934) became the first film to win both the Academy Award and National Board of Review Award for Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

On wedding day, King comes into room to comfort Ellie. A few minutes later he arrives by autogyro. See more »

Quotes

King Westley: [after Ellie runs away from their wedding] What happened?
Alexander Andrews: I haven't the slightest idea.
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Connections

Referenced in C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling: Part 3 (2017) See more »

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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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'The Limb is Mightier than the Thumb'...
29 September 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Many things don't mix or go together, quite often they repel but when things do gel, when they seamlessly merge and mingle like two dancers combined as one, the end result can often be quite memorable, magical and spectacular. As here, with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, where the story is pretty immaterial but the interactions between the pair makes this, to this day, as engaging, charming and funny a conjuring as any you might previously have come across and, quite probably, any you might venture to find in the future.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Bus See more »

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Budget:

$325,000 (estimated)
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (cut TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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