It Happened One Night

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It Happened One Night
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DVD Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Languages: English & Spanish
  • Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean & Thai
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: December 28, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1934
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Frank Capra, Jr. - Director's Son
    • Additional Audio Material: Original Live Radio Broadcast
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. Bonus Trailer - MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
      3. Bonus Trailer - LOST HORIZON
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Publicity
    • Biographies:
      1. Frank Capra
      2. Clark Gable
      3. Claudette Colbert

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1934 - Best Actor: Clark Gable
Academy Awards 1934 - Best Actress: Claudette Colbert
Academy Awards 1934 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Riskin
Academy Awards 1934 - Best Director: Frank Capra
Academy Awards 1934 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 57


User Ratings: 33,564
If only today's versions of this perennial possessed a fraction of the original's verve and charm... -- Grade: A
A.V. Club
Nov 19, 2014
...Capra's much-loved screwball romance remains a prime example of his deft versatility...
Sight and Sound
Jun 1, 2001
A charming, human, believable story, with charming, human, believable characters. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Feb 26, 2018
I have seen Claudette Colbert better cast. She has too much character to suggest a helpless heiress who has never been allowed out alone before. However, most of the acting is excellent, and Frank Capra's direction is full of effective touches. Full Review
The Spectator
Feb 7, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- It Happened One Night is as lively, witty and romantic as ever. Buoyed up by dual performances from two of the era's greats, Capra's film maintains its status as a classic.
Apr 18, 2016
[A] still-glorious rom-com...
Total Film
Mar 1, 2004
...Early screwball....Won [Colbert] an Oscar. -- Rating: A
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 9, 1996

Description by

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their misadventures into a job. But complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, It Happened One Night was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Product Description:

Director Frank Capra and his two stars, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, stole hearts and a quintet of Oscars with this sparkling, legendary romantic comedy. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is based on the story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, and it follows a news reporter and a runaway heiress who fall in love while traveling cross country on a bus. But as with any classic, the film is more than the sum of its parts, and special attention should be paid to the fizzy chemistry between the two leads and the witty script from Robert Riskin. This screwball comedy was the first to take home all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Clark Gable, Best Actress--Claudette Colbert, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Plot Synopsis:

Winner of five Academy Awards, Frank Capra's celebrated romantic comedy stars movie legends Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
When Ellie Andrews, a millionaire's daughter, marries a man her father dislikes, the resulting family squabble sends the beautiful heiress into hiding. She travels across country by bus, a fugitive from high society. En route, she meets the man of her dreams: a sexy but brusque news correspondent who has just lost his job -- which unknown to Ellie, he hopes to recover by selling her story to his former boss. Together, Peter and Ellie have a series of hapless adventures and comic misunderstandings, leading them to the realization that they were made for each other.


Production Notes:

  • IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
  • Frank Capra read the story in "Cosmopolitan" magazine and bought the rights for $5,000. Clark Gable didn't initially want the role and Colbert was the fifth choice for the female lead. Budget: $325,000.
  • Remakes: "You Can't Run Away from It" (Columbia 1934)
    "Eve Knew Her Apples" (Columbia 1945)

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 27,795
  • UPC: 043396039490
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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