IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) AFI Movie Club Pick of the Day

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert each of whom have been enshrined amongst AFIs best display legends IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) is an iconic screwball comedy thats appeared on no fewer than 4 of AFIs lists of the best American movies of all time together with amongst the prime 10 funniest movies ever to grace the silver display.

Spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father Alexander’s yacht when he kidnaps her after she elopes with and marries King Westley, a playboy aviator whom Andrews thinks is a fortune hunter. She boards a bus headed for New York and meets Peter Warne (Gable), a reporter who has simply been fired. Despite their dislike for one another, the two handle to meet one another’s wants and discover redemption of their work and of their relationships. Streaming on Prime Video and YouTube.



The working title for this movie was Night Bus, and it was to have starred Robert Montgomery, who was Frank Capra’s unique selection for the half of Peter Warne. Montgomery was changed by Clark Gable, who was borrowed from M-G-M, whereas Claudette Colbert was borrowed from Paramount. In Capra’s autobiography, he states that he variously sought Myrna Loy, Margaret Sullavan, Miriam Hopkins, and Constance Bennett for the position of Ellie Andrews earlier than choosing Colbert.


In the 5 main classes, Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress (Colbert was the first French-born actress to obtain the honor). It was voted one of the ten greatest footage of 1934 by the FD Poll of Critics and the National Board of Review, and on 20 Mar 1939, Gable and Colbert carried out a radio model of it for the Lux Radio Theater.

Although many movies are known as “remakes” of It Happened One Night in trendy sources, solely 1956 musical You Can’t Run Away from It, produced at Columbia, directed by Dick Powell and starring Jack Lemmon and June Allyson, was primarily based on the similar brief story and used the similar screenplay (with variations) as the Capra movie. It Happened One Night was ranked forty sixth on AFI’s 2007 100 Years100 Movies–tenth Anniversary Edition checklist of the best American movies, transferring down from the thirty fifth place it held on AFI’s 1997 checklist.

Until Next time, I’ll see you at the motion pictures!


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