Rent It Happened One Night (1934)

3.9 of 5 from 169 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
When her father threatens to annul her marriage to a fortune-hunting playboy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) hops on a cross-country bus to New York, where she plans to live happily ever after with her handsome new hubby. Romantic complications however, when she's befriended by fellow passenger Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a brash and breezy reporter who offers his help in exchange for her exclusive story.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Frank Capra
Writers:
Robert Riskin, Samuel Hopkins Adams
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Romance
Awards:

1935 Oscar Best Director

1935 Oscar Best Actor

1935 Oscar Best Actress

1935 Oscar Best Writing Adaptation

1935 Oscar Best Picture

BBFC:
Release Date:
15/09/2014
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers...'It Happened One Night'
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/04/2016
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Screwball Comedy?, a new conversation between critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate
  • Interview with Frank Capra Jr. from 1999
  • Frank Capra's American Dream, a 1997 feature-length documentary about the director's life and career
  • New digital transfer of Capra's first film, the 1921 silent short Fultah Fisher's Boarding Flouse, with a new score composed and performed by Donald Sosin American Film Institute tribute to Capra from 1982
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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Reviews (1) of It Happened One Night

Young People in Love are Never Hungry. - It Happened One Night review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
20/06/2012

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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