It Happened One Night (1934)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1934Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by , from a short story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

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).

The Criterion Collection:  #736

Academy Awards:  Best Picture; Best Actor (Clark Gable); Best Actress (Claudette Colbert); Best Director (Frank Capra); Best Adaptation

Venice Film Festival: In Competition

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