It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

Clark Gable
Director: Frank Capra Cast: Clark Gable
Clark Gable
, Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
, Walter Connolly
Walter Connolly
Frank Capra

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Overview

Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling today. Claudette Colbert plays Ellie Andrews, a spoiled heiress who has married fortune-hunting aviator King Westley (Jameson Thomas), despite her father (Walter Connolly)'s objections. To keep Ellie from marrying this lothario, her father has been holding her prisoner aboard his yacht. But Ellie bolts from the yacht, swims ashore in her clothes, and eventually slips onto a Greyhound bus bound for New York. Aboard the bus is newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who has recently been fired for drinking on the job. Peter gets the last seat on the bus -- but when he gets up to argue with the bus driver, Ellie takes his seat. Since it is the last seat on the bus, they have to share it. When Ellie has her purse stolen and she refuses to report it, Peter begins to suspect something. The next morning, they both miss the bus after a leisurely breakfast, and Peter reveals that he knows her identity. She makes a deal with him: if he helps her get to New York, he can write a scoop about her for his paper. Peter thinks she is a spoiled brat, however, and refuses a monetary bribe: "I'm not interested in your money or your problem. You, King Westley, your father -- you're all a lot of hooey to me!" But as they travel northward and engage in a series of misadventures, the gruff newspaperman and the spoiled rich girl, thrown together by circumstances, fall in love with each other. This movie set the pace for the "screwball" comedy, the witty and romantic clash of temperaments between a man and a woman mismatched in both personality and social position, a type of movie often associated with Katherine Hepburn in such classics as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and, with Spencer Tracy, Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), and Desk Set (1957), among others. The only other movies to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay) were One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2014
UPC: 0715515119610
Original Release: 1934
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 21,166

Special Features

Screwball Comedy?, a new conversation between critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate Interview wih Frank Capra Jr. from 1999 Frank Capra's American Dream, a 1997 feature-length documentary about the director's life and career New digital transfer of Capra's first film, the 1921 silent short Fultah Fisher's Boarding House, with a new score composed and performed by Donald Sosin American Film Institute tribute to Capra from 1982 Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Peter Warne
Claudette Colbert Ellie Andrews
Walter Connolly Alexander Andrews
Roscoe Karns Oscar Shapeley
Jameson Thomas King Westley
Claire McDowell Mother
Alan Hale Danker
Ernie S. Adams Actor
Irving Bacon Station Attendant
Ward Bond Bus Driver
Harry C. Bradley Henderson
George Breakston Boy
Charles D. Brown Reporter
James Burke Actor
Edmund Burns Best Man
Douglas Carter Actor
Eddy Chandler Bus Driver
Wallis Clark Lovington
Joseph Crehan Detective
Mickey Daniels Vender
Eva Dennison Society Woman
Neal Dodd Minister
Oliver Eckhardt Dykes
Billy Engle Actor
Bess Flowers Secretary
Blanche Frederici Zeke's Wife
Kit Guard Bus Passenger
Sherry Hall Reporter
Frank Holliday Actor
Harry Holman Auto Camp Manager
Arthur Hoyt Zeke
Eddie Kane Radio Announcer
Milt Kibbee Reporter
Earl Pingree Actor
Hal Price Reporter
Tom Ricketts Prissy Old Man
Matty Roubert Newsboy
Bert Starkey Actor
Harry Todd Flag Man
Maidel Turner Manager's Wife
Henry Wadsworth Drunk Boy
Fred Walton Butler
Dave Wengren Actor
Charles Wilson Joe Gordon
Frank Yaconelli Tony
Ky Robinson Actor
Ethel Sykes Maid of Honor

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer
Edward Bernds Sound Mixer
Harry Cohn Producer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Gene Havlick Editor
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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