It Happened One Night

Lists: Comedy, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1930s, AFI 100 (2007)

Brief Synopsis: "Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what he wants... a really juicy newspaper story!"

Overall Ranking: 138 (Rank from 1934: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
3Guys Griff100
David Baruffi97
Thomas Pollock80
Annwyn S80
Bryan Lienesch77 - It's sort of the original rom-com.

People Involved

  • Clark Gable (Peter Warne)
  • Claudette Colbert (Ellie Andrews)
  • Walter Connolly (Alexander Andrews)
  • Roscoe Karns (Oscar Shapeley)
  • Jameson Thomas (King Westley)
  • Alan Hale (Danker)
  • Arthur Hoyt (Zeke)
  • Blanche Friderici (Zekes wife)
  • Charles C. Wilson (Joe Gordon)
  • Frank Capra (Director)