It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

Directed by Frank Capra • 1934 • United States
Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance. The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon and featuring two actors at the top of their game, sparking with a chemistry that has never been bettered.

It Happened One Night
  • It Happened One Night

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1934 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

    Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark...

Extras

  • Frank Capra Jr. on IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

    In this interview from 1999, Frank Capra Jr. discusses his father and the origins of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, directed by Frank Capra.

  • Screwball Comedy?

    In this conversation, recorded in August 2014, film critics Molly Haskell and Philip Lopate discuss IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and its relationship to the screwball comedy genre.

  • Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House

    The 1921 silent short FULTAH FISHER’S BOARDING HOUSE, based on the Rudyard Kipling poem “The Ballad of Fisher’s Boarding House,” was the first film directed by Frank Capra. Set in a boardinghouse, it’s about a girl known as Anne of Austria, played by Mildred Owens. It is presented here with a new...

  • Frank Capra’s American Dream

    This feature-length 1997 documentary, directed by Kenneth Bowser and hosted by filmmaker, producer, and actor Ron Howard, traces the life and career of director Frank Capra. It features interviews with colleagues of Capra’s, film historians, and contemporary actors and directors who were influenc...

  • AFI’s Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra

    In 1982, the American Film Institute presented its tenth lifetime achievement award to director Frank Capra, at an event hosted by actor James Stewart and attended by the Capra family as well as actors Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, and Peter Falk and cinematographer Joseph Walker. The following...