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I- It Happened One Night – Fave Film #98

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It Happened One Night (1934) theatrical poster.jpg1934

Cast-Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert

This was the first film to win all 5 of the major Oscars,  a feat not to be repeated until 1975.  Best Film, Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin)

Socialite Ellie (Colbert) eloped with someone named King Westley, only when her father found out he whisked her away before the marriage could be consummated.  When she escapes his yacht, she boards a bus hoping to get from Florida to New York without being noticed, even though her photo is plastered on the front page of all the newspapers.  Peter, a drunk and unemployed reporter boards the same bus and sparks fly.

Why I Love It – This is one of those movies that I remember loving so much, and yet, didn’t survive a rewatch with the same enthusiasm.  Oh, I still loved it, but I initially had this somewhere around 20 and now it’s down to 98.

I still loved Colbert and Gable, they were perfectly matched in every way.  The chemistry that started as hostility  really worked.  I am not necessarily a Clark Gable fan, but the sparkle in his eye in this one won me over.  And Colbert was luminous.

This is dated, but in a charming way, mostly.  The editing was sometimes a bit rough, but nothing too terrible.  The ending was cute and gave me a chuckle, always an appropriate response to a screwball romantic comedy, of which this was the first.  And for that reason alone, everyone should watch it.  Always start with the original 🙂

Interesting to note that this movie inspired Bugs Bunny!;_ylt=A0LEV0_FfO1YLFsAkZ9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyM2JtNnZlBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjM2NTVfMQRzZWMDc2M-?p=it+happened+one+night&fr=yfp-t#action=view&id=19&vid=97cd72dedfbe2686532ed5a91a3175f3



April 11, 2017 - Posted by | movies


  1. Another classic movie I’ve never seen.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | April 11, 2017 | Reply

  2. I think I have to watch some old movies once in a while!
    I Am..I Said

    Comment by scr4pl80 | April 11, 2017 | Reply

  3. I loved watching “It Happened One Night” years ago! Classic romantic comedy that set the bar for other good films to come.

    Comment by Suzanne Blazier | April 12, 2017 | Reply

  4. Love this one! And I don’t recall all the fun facts about it – read somewhere when I was in my high-movie-mania phase, that it was filmed in less than a month? or something like that. Whatever – it is a fun one.

    Comment by Care | April 17, 2017 | Reply

  5. This is another old film I haven’t seen, or if I did, I don’t remember. I should have an old film marathon one of these days. It’d be fun to see some of these movies I’ve missed out on.

    Comment by Literary Feline | April 17, 2017 | Reply

  6. […] It Happened One Night, 1934 (Clark Cable, Claudette Colbert)    Grade B […]

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