My Old Addiction

It Happened One Night


(out of 5)

Classic road comedy has runaway bride  team up with morally bankrupt reporter as they’re thrown from place to place, relying on each other for survival after the bus ride they’re both on ends up being detoured.  The structure has been copied many times since, but nothing has managed to match the freshness of the antics that these two come up with in trying to survive each other. Who else but Colbert can use her long stockinged legs to hail a ride while hitch-hiking on the side of the road? Gable was never better than he is in the role that really showcases his comedic side. The film was the first of three to win all 5 major Academy Awards (the only other two being One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs).

Columbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1934

Directed by

Screenplay by , from a short story by

Cinematography by

Produced by Frank Capra

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards
Best Actor (Clark Gable as “Peter Warne”)
Best Actress (Claude Colbert as “Ellie Andrews”)
Best Directing (Frank Capra)
Outstanding Production (Columbia)
Best Writing (Adaptation) (Robert Riskin



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