It Happened One Night

Columbia production and release. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Directed by Frank Capra. Story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Screenplay by Robert Riskin. Jos. Walker, camera. At Munis Hall, N.Y. week Feb. 22, 1934. Running time: 105 MIN.

Peter – Clark Gable
Ellie – Claudette Colbert
Alexander Andrews – Walter Connolly
Shapeley – Roscoe Karns
King Westley – Jameson Thomas
Danker – Alan Hale

One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction. In other words, the story has that intangible quality of charm which arises from a smooth blending of the various ingredients. Difficult to analyze, impossible to designedly reproduce. Just a happy accident.

It starts off to be another long distance bus story, but they get out of the bus before it palls and it is not handicapped by the restraint that locale always seems to impose.

Plot is a simple one. The headstrong, but very charming daughter of a millionaire marries a suitor of whom her father does not approve. She quarrels with her father on the yacht off Miami, and the girl goes over the rail. She seeks to make her way to New York, with the old man raising the hue and cry. Peter Warne, who has Just been fired from his Florida correspondent’s job, is on the same bus. The story is thin and frequently illogical, but the action carries it along so fluently and amusingly that there is small chance to take time out to argue the plausibility.


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