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The Essentials: It Happened One Night (1934)

  • Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
  • Director: Frank Capra
  • Genre(s): Classics, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 105 min.

The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

It Happened One Night (1934) is one of the greatest romantic comedies in film history, and a film that has endured in popularity. It is considered one
of the pioneering “screwball” romantic comedies of its time
The escapist theme of the film, appropriate during the Depression Era, is the story of the unlikely romantic pairing of a mis-matched couple - a gruff and indifferent, recently-fired newspaper man (Gable) and a snobbish, superior-acting heiress (Colbert) - a runaway on the lam. It is a reversal of the Cinderella story (the heroine rejects her wealthy lifestyle), a modern tale with light-hearted sex appeal in which courtship and love triumph over class conflicts, socio-economic differences, and verbal battles of wit.

"It's all about the snappy dialogue and simmering tension between these hugely charismatic stars."
- Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"A charming, human, believable story, with charming, human, believable characters."
- Staff, Hollywood Reporter
"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
"Capra's sense of humour is a little like that of Preston Sturges, though less caustic; and the film shows its stars at their best, Colbert as one of Hollywood's fresher comediennes, Gable as dumb-but-loveable hunk."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Its opposites-attract melding of screwball comedy and the road trip elements has become one of about a half-dozen standard love story formulas. Most years, there's at least one theatrical release that owes a debt to this film."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Showtimes

  • Sunday, 11/11 tbd
  • Monday, 11/12 tbd