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It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 22 February 1934 (USA)
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

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Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Together for the first time! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Night Bus  »

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$325,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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King Westley's autogyro was a Kellett K-3 registered NC12691. It also appeared in International House (1933). See more »

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On wedding day, King comes into room to comfort Ellie. A few minutes later he arrives by autogyro. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Andrews: [Alexander has figured out Ellie is in love with another man] Who is he?
Ellie Andrews: I don't know very much about him, except that I love him.
Alexander Andrews: Well, if it's as serious as all that, we'll move Heaven and Earth to...
Ellie Andrews: No, it's no use! He despises me.
Alexander Andrews: Oh, come now.
Ellie Andrews: Yes, he does! He despises everything about me. He says that I'm spoiled and selfish and pampered and thoroughly insincere.
Alexander Andrews: Oh, ho, ridiculous!
Ellie Andrews: He doesn't think so much of you, either.
Alexander Andrews: Well, I...
Ellie Andrews: And he blames you for everything that's wrong with me. ...
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Referenced in Step by Step: It Didn't Happen One Night (1997) See more »

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
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Written by Frank Churchill and Ann Ronell
Sung a cappella by Clark Gable
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A Pleasant, Funny Classic
13 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a pleasant, funny classic that shows it age only slightly, and that has a lot of scenes you can look forward to each time that you see it. Gable and Colbert each get roles that are nicely suited to them, and are well-remembered for their performances. The supporting cast also rounds out the picture with some good character acting. The cross-country trip on the bus and via other assorted methods is fun to watch, with several nice vignettes that complement the main story line. (The atmosphere on the long bus trip is done especially well.) The plot is of course not meant to be taken too seriously in itself, but it comes in very handy for setting up good characters and comedy. It all comes across as effortlessly entertaining romantic comedy, with some classic scenes and characters you learn to care for in spite of their mistakes.


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