Classic Film Guide

It Happened One Night (1934)

Frank Capra's first Oscar winner was also the first film to sweep the top five awards (Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing). The original script was titled "Night Bus" after the book on which the film was based. Includes the famous scene of Claudette Colbert raising her skirt above her knees while hitchhiking, to Clark Gable's astonishment, as well as the memorable "Walls of Jericho" piece. Roscoe Karns and Alan Hale also appear. Added to the National Film Registry in 1993. #8 on AFI's 100 Funniest Movies list. #35 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. #38 on AFI's 100 Greatest Love Stories list.

Colbert plays an heiress, and daughter of Walter Connolly, who skips out on her new husband (Jameson Thomas) when her father annuls the marriage. Traveling anonymously, she's found out by a reporter (Gable), who helps her in hopes of getting a story. This leads to the inevitable, though very humorously!

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