It Happened One Night


Review: A spoiled heiress runs away from her family. She is then helped by a brash and breezy reporter who offers his help in exchange for her exclusive story.
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Walter Connolly
Year: 1934
Genre: Classics, Comedy and Romance
Conclusion: 5/5
This first started out as a minor film called Night Bus. A film you can still watch to this present day and still enjoy. It still works because of its wit, charm and also because of its romantic idealism. It is a pure delight from beginning to end. The direction is excellent and it is by the same director who worked on It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). When Clark Gable won the Oscar for his performance he gave the statuette to a child who admired the film. The child then returned the statuette to the Gable family after his death. Neither Clark Gable or Claudette Colbert wanted to do this film. There is one scene in this that reminded me of the film Runaway Bride (1999) and other films as it featured (this was the first) a bride leaving her fiancé at the altar. At the beginning of 2012 the late film critic Barry Norman produced a list in The Radio Times of the 101 Greatest Films Of All Time and this was in the list. At the Academy Awards in 1935 this won 5 Oscars. They were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clark Cable), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Claudette Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra) and Best Writing, Adaptation.


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