Character Development: 3 stars
Cinematography: 2 stars
Plot Development: 3 stars
Costuming: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is an heiress who has just married King Westley, who is not actually a king, but a society gentleman who her father does not like. When the movie begins, Ellie is onboard her father's (Walter Connolly) yacht after he has kidnapped her to try and convince her to annul her marriage. She jumps overboard and swims to shore to bus back to King Westley. On the way, she meets the dashing Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a newspaper reporter who is mostly interested in helping her out to get the 'inside story' on her travels back to her sweetheart. When the bus they are travelling on breaks down, they find themselves hitch-hiking together to New York. From there, it's just a series of wacky hijinx and lots of fun. By the time they end up in New York, Ellie may have found herself in love with someone besides King Westley.
How can a film be bad with Clark Gable in the lead?! I thoroughly enjoyed this classic romantic comedy. Now, if you pause and think about the creepiness factor in Peter's (somewhat gruffly) forcing Ellie to stay in a hotel room with him (don't worry - there are two twin beds!) the first night when the bus breaks down, it is understandable that she is more than a little weirded out by his advances. But, man -- did you see that sexy smirk? C'mon Ellie! It's Clark Gable! I mean, Peter Warne! No wonder she ends up letting her guard down and having a little fun with this delightful gentleman-in-disguise.
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert's performances were magnificent. Their love/hate relationship and flirty banter was delightful! The characters development was good enough and perfectly suited to the romantic-comedy genre. I loved watching Claudette's character soften and embrace the hitch-hiking life to which she was obviously not accustomed.
The costumes were perfect (especially Ellie's silky wedding gown), the comedic timing right on, and the film, highly recommendable. I can't think of anything else to say!
- The movie based on the story Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams. While shooting, Night Bus was the title of the film. They later changed it to It Happened One Night, which is a strange title because the film takes place over several days and nights.
- It was the first film to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing/Adaptation
Looking forward to another Clark Gable flick -- Mutiny on the Bounty is next! -- Critic Fix