It Happened One Night [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1934]

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  • Release Date: 11/18/2014
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

Special Features

  • Screwball Comedy?, a new conversation between critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate
  • Interview wih 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 House, with a new score composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • American Film Institute tribute to Capra from 1982
  • Trailer


It Happened One Night
Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling today. Claudette Colbert plays Ellie Andrews, a spoiled heiress who has married fortune-hunting aviator King Westley (Jameson Thomas), despite her father (Walter Connolly)'s objections. To keep Ellie from marrying this lothario, her father has been holding her prisoner aboard his yacht. But Ellie bolts from the yacht, swims ashore in her clothes, and eventually slips onto a Greyhound bus bound for New York. Aboard the bus is newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who has recently been fired for drinking on the job. Peter gets the last seat on the bus -- but when he gets up to argue with the bus driver, Ellie takes his seat. Since it is the last seat on the bus, they have to share it. When Ellie has her purse stolen and she refuses to report it, Peter begins to suspect something. The next morning, they both miss the bus after a leisurely breakfast, and Peter reveals that he knows her identity. She makes a deal with him: if he helps her get to New York, he can write a scoop about her for his paper. Peter thinks she is a spoiled brat, however, and refuses a monetary bribe: "I'm not interested in your money or your problem. You, King Westley, your father -- you're all a lot of hooey to me!" But as they travel northward and engage in a series of misadventures, the gruff newspaperman and the spoiled rich girl, thrown together by circumstances, fall in love with each other. This movie set the pace for the "screwball" comedy, the witty and romantic clash of temperaments between a man and a woman mismatched in both personality and social position, a type of movie often associated with Katherine Hepburn in such classics as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and, with Spencer Tracy, Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), and Desk Set (1957), among others. The only other movies to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay) were One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Clark Gable
    Clark Gable - Peter Warne
  • Claudette Colbert
    Claudette Colbert - Ellie Andrews
  • Walter Connolly
    Walter Connolly - Alexander Andrews
  • Roscoe Karns
    Roscoe Karns - Oscar Shapeley
  • Jameson Thomas
    Jameson Thomas - King Westley

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my all-time favorite movies


    It's amazing that this movie doesn't feel dated. It's 75 years old. Sure, some of the details are old fashioned but the movie remains as fresh as ever. The chemistry between Colbert and Gable is extraordinary. The Plot: Rich girl, Ellie Andrews, married a musician King Wesley on a whim. Before the marriage could be consummated, her overprotective father whisked her away. As the movie opens, she jumps from her father's yacht to return to her husband. On a bus she meets recently unemployed reporter, Peter Warne. He recognizes her and offers to help reunite her with King Wesley in return for an exclusive story. Of course they fall in love. Of course they are almost separated because of a misunderstanding. And, of course, they end up together. Milestones: The first "road" picture. Possibly the first screwball comedy. Clark Gable's only Oscar. (He didn't win for Gone with the Wind) The first picture to win the top 5 Academy Awards -- picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. Forty-one years later, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was the second picture to sweep the top awards (although Louise Fletcher really should have been in the supporting actress category.) Silence of the Lambs (1991) is the only other film to achieve this. It Happened One Night deserves all the accolades it has received and you'll be enchanted right up to the moment the walls of Jericho fall.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie


    Wonderful and enchanting movie. 1934 winner of 5 academy awards including best picture, Actor, Actress, Director and screenplay. Funny comedy/love story.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for girls night

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    This is a great movie for girls night or date night or any time you want to watch a sweet love story. It's funny, has a good plot and great actors.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The classic comes home.

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    After years of waiting, it's finally on Blu-ray! And holy cow are there are lots of bonus features. Perfect gift for any cinephile.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic movie. Best Picture winner!

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    I love this movie. A great addition to my DVD collection for a bargain price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    A must have for movie lovers. Sad as they dont make such movies any more.

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