Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling today. Claudette Colbert plays Ellie Andrews, a spoiled heiress who has marri... read more
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release Date: February 22, 1934
DVD Release Date: December 28, 1999
Stats: 2,091 reviews
Flixster Reviews (2,091)
June 11, 2013
With the company of a charming newspaperman, a woman flees her father to marry a man whom her father disapproves of.
I've finally found a Frank Capra film that I don't find so saccharine that I found myself rolling my eyes all the way up into my cranium. This is not to say that ...
November 8, 2012
This charming classic may be the very first screwball comedy in Cinema, a funny, amusing and optimistic film with a deliciously sharp dialogue and wonderful performances from both Gable and Colbert - who have a great onscreen chemistry together.
September 24, 2012
A classic movie that's the trumpet that tore down the walls of Jericho for me. "It Happened One Night" has it all: genuine tension, laughs, and character development to make even the most critical movie critic giggle with glee. Pure movie-making magic here. With a very slim narra...
December 1, 2011
"I wouldn't be caught dead with you!" I think, is the opening gambit that's the essential bedrock of all rom-coms (and then watching both parties swallow those fervent words-from-the-heart) and this, perhaps the first rom-com, does not disappoint. Throw in a little class strugg...
November 13, 2011fb1664868775
It Happened One Night is the original romantic comedy, and still the best (and the funniest).
July 22, 2011
This film was the first to win the Big Five (picture, actor, actress, director, screenplay) at the Oscars. It's also often lauded as one of the sminal screwball comedies of the 30s.
While I did enjoy this film, I found it to be merely really good instead of outstanding. Maybe t...
December 7, 2010
A classic film! So glad I finally had the opportunity to watch this film. It represents a turning point in Hollywood. This is the first true romcom. Claudette Colbert is fantastic here! I love the motel scene, hilarious!
September 12, 2010
The first comedy to win an Oscar! If that's not a good enough reason to see this movie, remember that Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are in the movie too, and they're so great together in this movie. This movie is really fun and entertaining.
August 2, 2010
The first movie to take home the Oscar blockbuster, it's a beautiful film above love, pride, and the dephs to which we have to go for that one person.
June 3, 2010
Peter Warne: A simple story about simple people.
Often credited as the first romantic screwball comedy, this is a great film that easily holds up to today. The lead performances are wonderful due to how charmingly smug Gable is and the banter between him and Colbert; the story i...
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