It Happened One Night
1934, Frank Capra, USA, 105 min.
With Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
- Fri, Jul 5th 4:00pm
- Sat, Jul 6th 2:30pm
- Thu, Jul 11th 6:00pm
"It’s every goddamn romantic comedy you’ve ever seen. They can all be traced back here, virtually without exception...Something so perfectly structured can support nearly endless variations. It’s timeless."—Mike D'Angelo, The A.V. Club
Often identified as the film where the screwball genre begins, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT changed the face of American screen comedy, bringing a sense of zippy wordplay, ever-escalating absurdity, and Depression-era class consciousness to the Hollywood romance. Colbert and Gable make an iconic pairing as Ellie, a wealthy heiress caught up in a scandalous marriage, and Peter, an out-of-work newspaperman who sees Ellie’s plight as just the story to revive his career—both travelling via Greyhound bus to New York City. Famously the first film to win all five major Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay), it blessed the world with a fount of enduring gags and paved the way for legions of Hollywood romantic comedies to follow. DCP digital. (CW)