Adams, Samuel Hopkins, 1871-1958. Night bus -- Film and video adaptations, Bus travel -- United States -- Drama, Children of the rich -- United States -- Drama, Hitchhiking -- United States -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century -- Drama, Motels -- United States -- Drama, Reporters and reporting -- United States -- Drama, Rich people -- United States -- Drama

It Happened One Night

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In Conversation

  • Victoria Riskin is the author of a new book about her parents, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir.

  • Joseph McBride is the author of twenty books, including volumes on Frank Capra, John Ford, Orson Welles, and, most recently, Ernst Lubitsch. He is a professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.


Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns,

This here’s a screwball comedy that throws some real curves: most particularly a leggy Claudette Colbert and a shirtless Clark Gable. Cheeky Colbert plays a runaway heiress on a bus north to find her fiancé; instead she finds fellow traveler Gable, an ace reporter with everything but an assignment. The repartee (written by Robert Riskin, who won an Oscar for the screenplay) is faster than a Greyhound on the interstate and the sexy innuendos barely outraced the censors, but Frank Capra’s Depression-era romp has no shortage of employable humor. Watch for the “Walls of Jericho” gag acknowledging that sheets happen.

Steve Seid
  • Robert Riskin
Based On
  • The story “Night Bus” by Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Joseph Walker
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 105 mins
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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It happened one night (postcard), Alex Film Society, 1999

It happened one night (program note), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1987

Frank Capra and social comedy (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 1985

It happened one night (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Geoff Brown, 1978

A fine romance : It happened one night (program note), Wadsworth Atheneum, Debra Salowitz-Storey, 1976

It happened one night (review), Liberty, 1972

The films of Frank Capra (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bob Epstein, 1971

Frank Capra -- excerpt (book excerpt), British Film Institute, Richard Griffith, 1949

It happened one night (exhibitor manual)

'It happened one night' (credits), Pacific Film Archive

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