It Happened One Night

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 7:30 pm
1934, 105 minutes, black and white, DCP
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Directed by Frank Capra; written by Robert Riskin, based on the short story “Night Bus” by Samuel Hopkins Adams; with Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, and Alan Hale


80th-Anniversary Screening

Frank Capra’s screwball comedy was the first film to receive Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing, and Writing—a feat not repeated until One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest four decades later. After they cross paths on a raucous interstate bus trip, spoiled runaway heiress Claudette Colbert and rogue newspaperman Clark Gable become a reluctant hitchhiking duo. Gable’s performance may have been responsible for both a change in men’s fashion and the formation of Bugs Bunny’s carrot-eating technique. Crackling with whip-smart dialogue about everything from doughnuts to "The Walls of Jericho," Capra’s film delights in the charismatic rapport between Colbert and Gable. Throw in incomparable performances by a host of well-known character actors, and It Happened One Night remains fresh, funny, and full of life some 80 years after it first delighted audiences.

Presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'  ongoing series at LACMA.

LACMA, Bing Theater
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 General public 
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
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Digital restoration in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment at Colorworks.

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