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It Happened One Night

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Plot Summary

A spoiled heiress falls in love with the cynical newspaperman she enlists to help her escape her domineering father.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 49
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It Happened One Night is a good piece of fiction, which, with all its feverish stunts, is blessed with bright dialogue and a good quota of relatively restrained scenes. – Mordaunt Hall, New York Times, Feb 22, 2015

Fresh: Instead of attempting a journalistic study of bus-travel, regularly punctuated by comic touches, Director Frank Capra and Robert Riskin who adapted Samuel Hopkins Adams' story, fused the two. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: One of those stories that without a particularly strong plot manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and direction. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The direction is excellent. Frank Capra never lets his picture lag for a moment. It is never very exciting, but it moves along snappily and it is full of amusing situations. – Kate Cameron, New York Daily News, Feb 17, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Hollywood was so great even in 1934!

We found this gem in the library and watched it 3 times in a week! As time goes by, we keep watching more movies -- some old, some new - but I'm sure this one will always remain in our top 10 list! Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert are absolutely brilliant. Photography, screenplay, and dialogues are out of the world. No wonder this movie bagged so many (5 or 6?) Oscars. Ultimately recommended!

One of the sweetest movies ever!

Very romantic and engaging. No wonder it has stood the test of time! A great movie for all kinds of people.

Beats the new stuff hands down!

You just don't see chemistry in movies any more. Gable and Cobert are at their best. I hope that more great movies like this will be here for rent. See what movies should be like. It's the people!!!!!! I am also 35.

It Happened One Night
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1934

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