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It Happened One Night (22-Feb-1934)

Director: Frank Capra

Writer: Robert Riskin

From short story: Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams

Musical Director: Louis Silvers

Keywords: Romantic Comedy

Socialite daughter of a wealthy banker, upset that her father has had her marriage annulled, jumps overboard from her family's yacht and makes her way by bus from Miami to New York City to see her husband, aviator King Westley. Along the way she encounters a reporter, who offers to assist her in exchange for exclusive rights to her story. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adaptation. Entered 1993 into the National Film Registry.

Emanuel Levy, All about Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards (2003):

It Happened One Night was influential in other ways. It is credited with exerting impact on the fashion industry: When Gable took off his shirt and exposed his sexy bare chest, the sale of undershirts declined substantially. The comedy also boosted tourism, with a tremendous increase in the number of women traveling by bus hoping to meet their "white knights" on the road.
While it is easy to find sources to "substantiate" this story, tales of undershirt catastrophe are an urban legend.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Claudette Colbert
13-Sep-1903 30-Jul-1996 It Happened One Night
Walter Connolly
8-Apr-1887 28-May-1940 It Happened One Night
Clark Gable
1-Feb-1901 16-Nov-1960 Gone With the Wind
Alan Hale, Sr.
10-Feb-1892 22-Jan-1950 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Roscoe Karns
7-Sep-1891 6-Feb-1970 It Happened One Night
Jameson Thomas
24-Mar-1888 10-Jan-1939 British stage, minor Hollywood actor


Clark Gable   ...   Peter
Claudette Colbert   ...   Ellie
Walter Connolly   ...   Andrews
Roscoe Karns   ...   Shapeley
Jameson Thomas   ...   Westley
Alan Hale, Sr.   ...   Danker
Arthur Hoyt   ...   Zeke
Blanche Friderici   ...   Zeke's Wife
Charles C. Wilson   ...   Gordon


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