5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious
Have seen this movie several times over the years and it just seem to improve with age. There are so many witty lines. Wish modern movies could be up to this class in dialogue
Published 8 months ago by Ronald S. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars not a keeper for us
This is a movie that would probably be cherished by old movie collectors. However, for us, it was interesting to see old actors and refreshing that there were higher standards for morality depicted than now, but it just didn't appeal to us in a way that we would watch it more than once. It's sad that we don't often have movies produced today, with all the special...
Published 24 days ago by George Jones
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a keeper for us,
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne !,
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 'It Happened One Night',
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining!,
The quality of the picture and sound are great.
Claudette Colbert and Clarke Cable have great chemistry together. This movie is funny, a little sexy, and entertaining. You're rooting for Clarke Cable to get the girl. And Claudette plays a spoiled rich girl that needs a reality check. Its worth the time to watch. And it's engaging. The story is fun and light hearted.
Definately worth your money and time to watch. Take a chance and watch it! You'll understand why it won the Best picture Oscar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ORIGINAL ROMANTIC COMEDY!,
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Happened One Night (1934) ... Gable & Colbert ... Frank Capra (Director) (2008)",
This review is from: It Happened One Night (Bilingual) (DVD)Columbia Pictures Corporation presents "IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT" (1934) (105 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale, Arthur Hoyt, Blanche Friderici, Charles C. Wilson
Directed by Frank Capra
Rebellious socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) marries King Wesley (Jameson Thomas) but her wealthy father has it annulled. Tired of her father's (Walter Connolly) control, she runs away by diving off the family yacht in Miami and heading for New York. On the bus she meets street-smart reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable). They end up traveling together as Warne hopes to get a great story, and Ellie needs his worldly help. Nearing New York, with their many adventures coming to an end, they find that they are reluctantly in love and afraid to admit it to each other.
After she mistakenly thinks that Warne has run out on her Ellie returns to King Wesley, but for how long?
Claudette Colbert only accepted because Capra promised he would double her salary and she would be done in four weeks. She disliked the film so much she didn't even attend the Oscars; when she won for Best Actress she was found about to leave on a trip and was rushed to the ceremony, where she made her acceptance speech in a traveling suit.
Oscar Winners for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clark Gable), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Claudette Colbert), Best Director
(Frank Capra), Best Picture (Columbia Pictures), Best Writing, Adaptation (Robert Riskin)
* Special Footnote: -- In 1996, Steven Spielberg anonymously purchased Clark Gable's Oscar to protect it from further commercial exploitation, gave it back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commenting that he could think of "no better sanctuary for Gable's only Oscar than the Motion Picture Academy". ** Claudette Colbert was so convinced that she would lose the Oscar to write-in nominee Bette Davis that she didn't attended the ceremony originally. She was summoned from a train station to pick up her Academy Award.
** Another Special Footnote: -- Robert Montgomery turned down the male lead, saying the script was the worst thing he had ever read. ** Myrna Loy turned down the role of Ellie Andrews because a recent film set on a bus had failed, and she didn't think that this one would succeed.
1. Frank Capra [aka: Francesco Rosario Capra] (Director)
Date of Birth: 18 May 1897 - Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy
Date of Death: 3 September 1991 - La Quinta, California
2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California
3. Claudette Colbert [aka: Emilie Claudette Chauchoin]
Date of Birth: 13 September 1903 - Saint-Mandé, Seine [now Val-de-Marne], France
Date of Death: 30 July 1996 - Speightstown, Barbados
4. Walter Connolly
Date of Birth: 8 April 1887 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 28 May 1940 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
5. Roscoe Karns
Date of Birth: 7 September 1891 - San Bernardino, California
Date of Death: 6 February 1970 - Los Angeles, California
6. Jameson Thomas [aka: Thomas Jameson]
Date of Birth: 24 March 1888 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 10 January 1939 - Sierra Madre, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 105 min on DVD ~ Columbia Pictures Corporation ~ (December 9, 2008)
3.0 out of 5 stars "Excuse me lady, but that upon which you sit is mine.",
This review is from: It Happened One Night (Bilingual) (DVD)Peter Warne: Why didn't you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped forty cars.
Ellie Andrews: Well, ooo, I'll remember that when we need forty cars.
On-screen chemistry has the ability to turn a good film into something special. Look no further than Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" for proof of this. Whoever came up with the idea of pairing Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert together in this production certainly earned his or her paycheck.
Rich girl Ellie Andrews (Colbert) runs away from her father so that she can be with her one true love, King Westley (Jameson Thomas). Ellie has little knowledge of how the outside world works so she hooks up with reporter Peter Warne (Gable) who offers to help her reach New York in return for the exclusive rights to her story. The pair finds each other intolerable at the outset but as they spend more time together, their opinions of each other start to change. By the time they arrive in New York, Ellie and Peter must decide if they should act upon the newfound affection they have developed towards one another.
"It Happened One Night" is effectively funny and romantic at the same time. The out-of-the-way situations Ellie and Peter find themselves involved in is screwball comedy at its finest and the love that develops between them is Hollywood magic at its most charming. Colbert and Gable show why they were two of the biggest stars of their era and the chemistry they display on screen still is magnetic to this very day. "It Happened One Night" is also a fascinating cultural text due to its suggestive sexual overtones and its vivid depiction of a woman who is determined to take matters into her own hands when the situation calls for it. Both of these aspects are especially noteworthy when one considers the period in which the film was made. Yet, if "It Happened One Night" is to be remembered for anything, it should be remembered for the classic that it is. After all, when you speak of pure cinematic bliss, you speak of scenes like the one where Ellie flashes her thigh to stop an approaching car - truly one of the greatest moments ever caught on film.
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this ...,
This review is from: It Happened One Night (Bilingual) (DVD)70 years later, this movie still holds up beautifully. It's funny, smart, and, man! those sexy, charming leads! I'd ride a bus with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert anywhere ...
This ones recommended for everyone -- old people, young people ... It hasn't aged, and it'll always be a good time.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that deserves to endure,
This review is from: It Happened One Night (Bilingual) (DVD)A spoiled socialite (Claudette Colbert) flees her wealthy father (Walter Connolly) and heads for New York to marry a rich playboy (Jameson Thomas) against her father's will. The whereabouts of Ellie Andrews and the reward for her return become the stuff of national headlines, so when recently fired reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable) recognizes her, he decides to stick close so he can write the story. Naturally, romance follows, but it's a bumpy and hugely entertaining road to get there.
This is an absolutely wonderful film. It's such a shame that so many people are not interested in watching an old black-and-white movie. Good work is timeless. Gable and Colbert have wonderful chemistry and are both hilarious and touching. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Even though the story is set during the Great Depression, it doesn't seem dated at all. The wisecracking between characters is sharp and well-written (by screenwriter Robert Riskin); there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments during this film. It's also pretty racy and suggestive for its time, with a genuinely affecting climax. Another level of interest is added by the careful attention that director Frank Capra pays to the depression-era milieu; Colbert's character really doesn't understand the plight of the common man, but Gable's hard-bitten reporter is all too aware of the hard times that people are going through. This adds a fascinating sociological dimension.
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