Young People in Love are Never Hungry.
- It Happened One Night review by Steve Mason
Probably the first, and the ultimate screwball comedy, from the heiress leaping over the side of the yacht, to the concluding society wedding.
Ellie Andrew (the incomparable Claudette Colbert) travels the truck stops and cheap guest houses of the United States with a purse containing only a few dollars. She learns to stand in a queue and manage her meagre resources. All to take her back to playboy, King Westley. Reporter, Peter Warne (Clark Gable) will take her there. All he wants is the story...
The set up is pure fairy tale, essentially a commoner romancing a princess. But this film strikes oil because it manages to be both emotionally satisfying, and crazily, fabulously hilarious.
It evokes a detailed sense of time and place, of depression era America, that still feels like the real world 70 years on.
Endlessly imitated, never, ever even nearly equalled.
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