It Happened One Night
Clark Gable ■ Claudette Colbert
Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story.
This is one of the absolute best movies that came out of the 1930's. The quality of the movie is surprising for 1934, right up there with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's best. OK, most of the 30's films I have seen were B-movies starring John Wayne. I usually tend to like 1940's film noir, 1950's/1960's westerns and romantic comedy, but I loved It Happened One Night.
My family discovered this movie several years ago and whenever we run across it we will sit down and watch it. This last time my Dad and I were a little bored so I looked for something to watch on Netflix and then went to Youtube. When I spied It Happened One Night I knew that would be the perfect choice.
This movie is just plain funny! Proof that Clark Gable could handle himself very well in the realm of humor. I've only seen a few of his movies, Teacher's Pet, Gone With The Wind, High Society, but I think this one is my favorite of all. Claudette Colbert is an actress that was quite famous but I have seen next to nothing of her movies, two or three at most. She sure pulls off this one very well. And she knows flag a ride while hitchhiking!
This one movie that will more likely appeal to the adults with many references and jokes that will totally miss kids.
The old modes of transportation are so much fun to watch, including what looks like a cross between a helicopter and a small plane.
Clean romantic comedy that is simply fun to watch. A great old movie overall.
Blanche Friderici...Zeke's Wife
Charles C. Wilson...Gordon
Busch Gardens - S. Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California, USA (Andrews estate)
Columbia/Sunset Gower Studios - 1438 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Franklin Canyon Reservoir, Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles, California, USA
Ventura Blvd., Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Santa Anita Ave in Arcadia, California, USA (Railroad Crossing where Peter Warne is held up by train)
1935 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Columbia
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Clark Gable
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Claudette Colbert
Best Director - Frank Capra
Best Writing, Adaptation - Robert Riskin
1934 National Board Of Review, USA
Top Ten Films
1993 National Film Preservation Board, USA
National Film Registry
2006 Online Film & Television Association
OFTA Film Hall of Fame - Motion Picture
2001 PGA Awards
PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures - Frank Capra &
Peter Warne: Excuse me, lady, but that upon which you sit, is mine.
Ellie Andrews: I beg your pardon!
Peter Warne: Now, listen. I put up a stiff battle for that seat. So if it's just the same to you - scram.
Ellie Andrews: [ignoring him] Driver! Are these seats reserved?
Bus Driver #1: No. First come, first served.
Ellie Andrews: Thank you.
Peter Warne: Hey driver? These seats accommodate two people, don't they?
Bus Driver #1: Well, maybe they do - and maybe they don't.
Peter Warne: Thank you. Move over. This is a "maybe they do."
[after Ellen stops a car by showing her leg]
Ellie Andrews: Aren't you going to give me a little credit?
Peter Warne: What for?
Ellie Andrews: I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.
Ellie Andrews: Your ego is absolutely colossal.
Peter Warne: Yeah, yeah, not bad, how's yours?
Ellie Andrews: How did you get the car?
Peter Warne: I gave him a black eye for it. And had to tie him to a tree.
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