It Happened One Night is a romantic comedy film from 1934, that stars Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert. Claudette Colbert plays Ellen Andrews, a spoiled heiress who married ‘King’ Westley (Jameson Thomas) against her father’s wishes. Her father, played by Walter Connolly, believes that Westley is after her fortune. She runs away to see Westley in New York, but in the meantime meets Peter (Clark Gable) who tags along on her trip.
Clark Gable starred in this before his most well known role in Gone With the Wind.
Gable won an Academy Award for this role.
Gable’s role in this movie affected a couple of things. The way that he eats carrots in the hitchhiking scene inspired the way that Bugs Bunny eats carrots! And his missing undershirt in a scene in which he undresses reduced the sales of undershirts in America.
Claudette Colbert (as well as Clark Gable) was so convinced the movie was going to be a flop that she didn’t even bother attending the Academy Awards that year. When she won, she had to be collected from the train station to be taken to the awards to make a speech.
This movie was very good. I quite liked Clark Gable’s character, although he could be harsh at times. This movie was made before the Hays Code, so it had some liberties in terms of risque content, although there wasn’t a lot of it.