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It Happened One Night ()


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A renegade reporter trailing a young runaway heiress for a big story joins her on a bus heading from Florida to New York, and they end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

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  • Won 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations.
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Peter Warne
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Ellie Andrews
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Alexander Andrews
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Oscar Shapeley
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King Westley
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Danker
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Zeke
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Zeke's Wife
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Joe Gordon
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The Bag Thief (uncredited)
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Woman at Auto Camp (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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Clark (uncredited)
William Begg ...
Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Bus Driver #1 (uncredited)
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Henderson (uncredited)
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Boy Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)
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Bus Singer (uncredited)
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Guitar Player on Bus (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ...
Bus Driver #2 (uncredited)
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Lovington (uncredited)
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Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Ray Creighton ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Vendor on Bus (uncredited)
Eva Dennison ...
Society Woman (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ...
Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
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Mr. Dykes (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Man Saying 'Your Bus Leaves in 5 Minutes' (uncredited)
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Agnes (uncredited)
Allen Fox ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Young Girl in the Shower Line (uncredited)
Joaquin Garay ...
Mexican Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
A.R. Haysel ...
Bus Dispatcher (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Last Auto Camp Manager (uncredited)
Harry Hume ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Passenger on Second Bus (uncredited)
Sam Josephson ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Mimi Lindell ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
King Lockwood ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Rose May ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Mother on Bus (uncredited)
Kate Morgan ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Gayle Morris ...
Flower Girl (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Earl Pingree ...
Policeman (uncredited)
June Preston ...
Crying Girl (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Margaret Reid ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ...
Detective (uncredited)
Blanche Rose ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Rita Ross ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Newsboy (uncredited)
Marvin Schecter ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Bert Scott ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (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)
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Flagman at Railroad Crossing (uncredited)
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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)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Wilroy ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Buck Woods ...
Cook Serving Food to Passengers (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ...
Tony (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Capra

Written by

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

Produced by

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Frank Capra ... producer (uncredited)
Harry Cohn ... producer (uncredited)

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Howard Jackson ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Gene Havlick ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Stephen Goosson ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Robert Kalloch ... (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Edward Bernds ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Mary Wiggins ... stunt double: Claudette Colbert's dive off ship (uncredited)

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Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Joseff-Hollywood ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Louis Silvers ... musical director / composer: stock music (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Harry Cohn ... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Samuel J. Briskin ... executive assistant: Mr. Cohn (uncredited)
George Brown ... general press agent (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Night Bus (United States)
  • New York - Miami (France)
  • Es geschah in einer Nacht (Germany)
  • Sucedió una noche (Spain)
  • Va succeir una nit (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $325,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Clark Gable gave the Oscar he won for his performance in this movie to a child who admired it, telling him it was the winning of the statue that had mattered, not owning it. The child returned the Oscar to the Gable family after Clark's death. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963). See more »
Soundtracks Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf See more »
Quotes Alexander Andrews: Oh, er, do you mind if I ask you a question, frankly? Do you love my daughter?
Peter Warne: Any guy that'd fall in love with your daughter ought to have his head examined.
Alexander Andrews: Now that's an evasion!
Peter Warne: She picked herself a perfect running mate - King Westley - the pill of the century! What she needs is a guy that'd take a sock at her once a day, whether it's coming to her or not. If you had half the brains you're supposed to have, you'd done it yourself, long ago.
Alexander Andrews: Do you love her?
Peter Warne: A normal human being couldn't live under the same roof with her without going nutty! She's my idea of nothing!
Alexander Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her?
Peter Warne: YES! But don't hold that against me, I'm a little screwy myself!
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