IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

Dir. Frank Capra

One of the first recognized "screwball comedies," IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT features madcap heiress Claudette Colbert and the reporter on her trail, Clark Gable. As she runs from her possessive father, he tags along to get the story, until the two fall in love. Audiences fell in love, too, as they followed the pair through a series of screwball adventures, from fighting off mashers to hitchhiking to sharing a motel room by building the "Walls of Jericho." IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was the first film to capture all five top Oscars, winning honors for Capra, Colbert, Gable, Best Screenplay for Robert Riskin and Best Picture. This was a major breakthrough for Columbia Pictures. Despite director Frank Capra's growing reputation while under contract there, the studio was still considered a Poverty Row company at the time. In fact, MGM head Louis B. Mayer thought he was punishing Gable by lending him to Columbia. The film's success elevated the studio to the ranks of the majors and inspired decades of love-on-the-run romantic comedies.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
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