It Happened One Night (1934)
Just three movies in Hollywood history(to date) can boast of the honor of winning the “Big Five” Oscars; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. It Happened One Night became the first of these iconic movies as it swept the Academy Awards of 1935.
This film was inspired by a short story, Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams, screenplay by Robert Riskin. A pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get away from her overprotective wealthy father, and meets a roguish reporter (Clark Gable) while traveling on a Greyhound Bus from Florida to New York City, to reunite with the fortune hunter she married over her father’s objections. The bus breaks down and in return for an exclusive story, Gable offers to help her reunite with her husband. And so their adventure begins with hitchhiking, car theft, betrayal, misunderstanding, crossed paths, and of course, falling in love.
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as Peter Warne and Ellen Andrews take us on a breathtaking journey across the United States with so many cheeky escapades and good-natured wisecracks that the 2 hour runtime simply flies by.