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It Happened One Night

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.48 /10
Clark Gable , Claudette Colbert , Walter Connolly
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Directed by: Frank Capra
Written by: Robert Riskin from Samuel Hopkins Adams's story Night Bus

Released: 1934
Origin: US
Length: 105

A cynical reporter (Clark Gable, pictured left) falls for a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert, right).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Simple, predictable and slightly corny, but still a delightful comedy romance. The studio thought of this as a pot-boiler (it was taken on by Columbia only after MGM had passed on it), and the female lead was turned down by Miriam Hopkins, Constance Bennett and Margaret Sullavan; but the touch of Frank Capra (and, just as importantly, his writer Robert Riskin) transformed a simple idea into a multiple Oscar-winner.

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are marvellous as the tough reporter and spoiled runaway heiress who canít stand each other. They manage to suggest a surprising amount of erotic tension, while keeping their banter bright and breezy, not sleazy. It was so popular that the famous scene where Gable removes his shirt and revealed no vest resulted in a worldwide slump in singlets. It also started the vogue for screwball comedy which lasted through the rest of the thirties.

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