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May 22, 2017
~ If you're a film buff, this one is a must-see. It kicks-off the genre of the rom-com &/or the screwball comedy. Not originally expected to do much business, word-of-mouth built an audience and it scored Best Picture, putting Columbia on the movie studio map. ~ The Joseph Walker cinematography is gorgeous throughout regardless of the fact that film emulsions were slow & camera mechanisms & lenses weren't Panavision Platinums. ~ The entertainment of the day seems almost corny. But there's a lot going-on of a suggestive nature. Clark Gable seems an actor of limited craft, breadth, & depth. But his look & presence covers the defects. In all, an early Capra classic.
May 20, 2017
SUCH a nice movie....
May 6, 2017
10 out of 10:

Funny, clever, well directed, and the outstanding performances from the leading couple makes It Happened One Night an unforgettable road trip.
½ March 30, 2017
The original screwball romantic road picture that comes with wildly entertaining leads and a solidly '30s vibe.
March 20, 2017
Winner of the 5 major categories at the 1935 Academy Awards. It Happened One Night is a timeless romantic comedy that still holds up more then 80 years later.
½ February 28, 2017
This movie blazed the trail for the greatest romantic comedies in cinema including "His Girl Friday," "Annie Hall," and "500 Days of Summer."
January 18, 2017
Ellie Andrews is the daughter of a Wall Street mogul. Her father is highly protective of her and isn't pleased when she elopes, marrying a man she hardly knows. Ellie runs away from her father sets off across country to get to her husband in New York. On the bus she meets a recently-fired reporter, Peter Warne. The two don't get along but, figuring out who she is, and knowing that her father will have every route into New York covered with private detectives, he offers to help her get to a husband. In exchange he wants an exclusive on her story. The two tag along together, getting through some interesting adventures. Over time they even get to like each other...

A gem of a film from legendary director Frank Capra. I was expecting a rather standard romantic drama but It Happened One Night is so much better than that. Warm, and hilariously funny at times, it's certainly not your average romantic comedy. Dialogue is incredibly fresh and snappy and even the romantic side is not straightforward, keeping the schmaltz to a minimum and taking some unpredictable twists and turns.

The great direction by Capra and the solid script are aided by wonderful performances from Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in the lead roles. The chemistry between them is great and their delivery is spot-on.

Both Gable and Colbert received Oscars for their performances, as did Capra for Best Director. The movie was the well-deserved 1935 Best Picture Oscar winner.

Though not Frank Capra's first movie, not by any means, this was the movie that put him on the map and kick-started a run of creativity that would see him make such classics as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe, Arsenic and Old Lace and, of course, It's a Wonderful Life.
September 19, 2016
It Happened One Night is so much fun and is blessed with pure greatness from Colbert, Gable & Capra.
September 11, 2016
This set the stage for all romantic comedies that came after it, and it still holds up today.
August 19, 2016
Still charming after all these years, this old rom-com may just be one of the best. And while Gable and Colbert give memorable performances, it's the priceless, hilarious ending that I will forever remember it for.
August 5, 2016
Perfect casting with masterful directing and writing result in a movie to watch again and again through the ages.
June 17, 2016
A light-hearted romance with the right hint of comedy. The very lovable characters make you really enjoy the film. It's a classic!
May 20, 2016
A naive rich girl (Claudette Colbert) runs away from her daddy since he's trying to annul her marriage to a dippy cad. She runs afoul of a smarmy journalist (Clark Gable) who sees her headline-grabbing escapades as his ticket to a hot story. The pair initially despise each other, but this is a screwball comedy and we all know where that goes. It Happened One Night swept the Oscars and it established genre tropes that romcoms follow to this very day, but it's still easy to forget how funny its dialogue can be or how excellent the actors are in their roles. Consideration is also due to director Frank Capra for his slick pace, unpretentious photography, and keen eye for properly framing his stars.
May 1, 2016
In 1934, Frank Capra sparked a genre renaissance with this paint-by-numbers screwballer.
A comedy classic and Academy Award favourite, Capra's film combines charm and wit, laughter and sorrow, and Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The film is a fizzy comedy of errors played to perfection, and Gable and Colbert's ever-imitated exchanges will never be forgotten.
It Happened One Night remains a genuine joy to watch for anyone with a heart and a sense of humour, and Hollywood will always be indebted to Capra for kickstarting a trend that would last for decades - if not a decade or two too long.
April 1, 2016
Excellent movie. This movie set the standard for every rom com out there today, and is actually very funny, sweet, and is led by great performances from its leads.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
March 31, 2016
Clark Gable dials up the 1934 beefcake with his shirt off in one seen, and Colbert famously stops a car while hitchhiking by revealing her leg, but the movie is quite innocuous, and is better known for essentially being the blueprint for romantic comedies to this day.

Colbert is a spoiled, rich heiress who runs away from her family (actually starting this by jumping off a yacht and swimming away from them). Gable is a newspaper reporter who's been fired. They find each other on a crowded train, and are forced to sit together. They hate one another at first, but after spending time on a couple of busses, a car, in the haystack together, and in a hotel room divided by a clothesline with a blanket hanging over it ... well, you get the idea. At one point he carries her across a stream caveman style, over his shoulder, and gives her a swat on the behind as they debate what constitutes a piggyback ride. They confuse each other's motivations and split at the end, Colbert off to wed another (and in a very pretty dress), but we all know where it's heading, and this one is complete with a 'runaway bride' scene.

I don't know if the movie was worthy of sweeping the Academy Awards (and Colbert herself didn't think much of it), but it's still sharp with its dialog, and quite entertaining. Aside from the main story line, it has a nice 'Capra' touch in having everyone on a bus (including the driver) singing verses of 'The Man on the Flying Trapeze' to pass the time. I also smiled over this interchange after Gable's character had tossed some newspapers off the bus to make space for his seat:

Bus driver: "Oh, fresh guy, huh? What you need is a good sock in the nose."
Clark Gable: "Listen pardner, you might like my nose, but I do. I always wear it out in the open, where if anyone wants to take a sock at it, they can do it."
"Oh, yeah?"
"Now that's a brilliant answer. Why didn't I think of it? Our conversation could have been over long ago."
"Oh, yeah?"
"You keep that up, we're not going to get anywhere."
"Oh, yeah?"
"Ya got me. Yeah!" (to chuckling from the other passengers)
March 30, 2016
This may be Frank Capra's greatest film of all time. It's definitely up there with It's a wonderful life and Mr. Smith goes to Washington. This classic screwball comedy is flawless. Funny, charming, and just all around great, this film is not one you want to miss.
½ March 14, 2016
The version I watched was in very poor quality, but still this is a true Hollywood classic. My favourite was when all the passengers on the bus are singing together. Pure bliss!
½ February 13, 2016
Frank Capra's It Happened One Night may be a showcase for Colbert and Gable's talent - as well as a pioneer on the romantic comey genre - but it is nonetheless a silly and dull movie.
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