Cast and Crew: Samuel Hopkins Adam (Short Story); Harry Cohn (Executive Producer); Alan Hale, Ward Bond
What It’s About: Reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable) helps spoiled heiress Ellie (Claudette Colbert), who is traveling incognito to meet up with her aviator fiancé, King Westley (Jameson Thomas), who Ellie’s father Mr. Andrews (Walter Connolly) forbae Ellie to marry.
Why Watch it Today?: Clark Gable died of a heart attack today in 1960. It Happened One Night won Gable his only Oscar, as well as awards for Colbert, director Frank Capra, Best Adapted Screenplay for Robert Riskin, and Best Picture. So many of the clichés of romantic comedies began with this film, but they were never better than they are here.
Other Choices: We also featured Gable in his most famous role, Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.