It Happened One Night Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 233

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 190

Theatrical Release Date: 02/22/1934

Language: English

Genre: Comedy, Romance

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Frank Capra

Actors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Roscoe Karns, Walter Connolly, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale

Plot: A rich daughter runs away from home to be discovered by a semi washed up reporter looking for a story. Will they fall in love?

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Rating of
4/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/27/2019

This movie blazed the trail for the greatest romantic comedies in cinema, including "His Girl Friday," "Annie Hall," "When Harry Met Sally...," and "500 Days of Summer."

Rating of
3.5/4

Amy - wrote on 09/23/2013

The big question raised by this movie is, how does one cross the country on a Greyhound bus and still keep her make-up so perfect?

Rating of
3.5/4

Snoogans - wrote on 03/24/2013

This 30's classic set the standard for the romantic comedy genre, and few have matched it since. It entertains with smart comedy and delightful performances. The 'opposites-attract' relationship works flawlessly and never once feels 'hokey'.

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SteelCity99
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4/4

It Happened One Night

SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018

The 30s represented an escapist decade of idealized realities. Capra was very much in love with his own, optimistic vision of humanity, always rescuing American audiences from difficult times, such as the Great Depression, and portraying worlds where any situation was possible. Heartwarming layers of astonishing character development and a revolutionary collision of class issues are the main elements that allowed It Happened One Night to be the most enduring classic among its genre because of its landmark introduction of the screwball comedy. Gable was being born and his vivid personification of authoritative domination, great ambitions and unstoppable passion also established a new limit. Up to this day, this romantic comedy (perhaps the best ever, literally) is now treasured by all …

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Rating of
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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/16/2012

I hate romantic comedies with a passion. Or rather I hate what they have become. If you look back to the golden age of Hollywood, it is peppered with gems like this one, in which hard-drinking and cynical reporter Clark Gable ends up shadowing a runaway heiress to get the scoop that'll put his career back on track. And yes, we all know what's going to happen, but in this case it's done with such charm and wit that it's impossible not to like. Frank (It's A Wonderful Life) Capra is a master of presenting an optimism and faith in the common man with a subtlety and sophistication that rarely descends into schmaltz. Claudette Colbert shimmers and is the epitome of 30s glamour, and her chalk and cheese pairing with Gable's gruff machismo works beautifully. The scene in which they share a …

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Rating of
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It Happened One Night review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/23/2012

One has to view the film with patience and an open mind because of its time of creation. Not a film for everybody's liking in this critic's opinion. Ellen "Ellie" Andrews (Claudette Colbert) leaves King" Westley (Jameson Thomas). She encounters Peter Warne (Clark Gable), an out-of-work newspaper reporter, in a bus. The movies screenplay was exceptional for its time with lines from the following characters: Ellie – “You've got everything nicely figured out for yourself.” “I don't want to stir up any more trouble. I've done it all my life. I've made your life miserable and mine too. I'm tired Father. I'm tired of running around in circles...I've got to settle down. It doesn't matter how or where or with whom.” Peter – “This is a matter of principle. Something you …

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