It Happened One Night
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.
Digital restoration in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment at Colorworks.