It Happened One Night
Release Year: 1934
Director: Frank Capra
Screenwriter(s): Robert Riskin, Samuel Hopkins Adams (short story)
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas
Rating: Won 5 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), Best Adapted Screenplay.
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #32, week 3 2015
A spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) runs away from home. In order to make it to New York she is helped by a man she meets on the bus (Clark Gable), who is in reality a fired news reporter looking for a story.
Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night was off to a rough start; so many stars turned down the two lead parts that Capra had a writer look over the script to try and make the two lead parts more sympathetic. Reportedly upon starting the shoot, Clark Gable said ”Let’s get this over with” and after the shoot had wrapped Claudette Colbert told a friend that she had just finished her worst film. This makes it all the more amazing that the movie went on to win all the five major academy awards, the first of only three films to date to do so (the other two being One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992). Although It Happened One Night is often credited with being the first screwball comedy it is also a wonderful love story. Claudette Colbert’s spoiled and arrogant heiress and Clark Gable’s spry journalist start off resenting each other, thrown together by circumstances rather than mutual attraction, but needless to say, like any good love story, they start to fall for each other. Despite being well over 80 years old, It Happened One Night is still a fresh film, funny and romantic, and a must-see classic.
Clark Gable gave the Oscar he won for It Happened One Night to a child who admired it, telling him that it was not owning the statue that mattered but winning it. He returned it to the family after Clark Gable’s death.
Director Frank Capra came up with the idea for “the walls of Jericho” because actress Claudette Colbert refused to undress in front of the camera.
According to a New York Times article dated on the film’s premiere, 23rd of February 1934, the Silly Symphony short “The China Shop” was featured after the film. You can watch it below:
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