It Happened One Night
A journalist follows a runaway heiress across America in search of a scoop.
Dir Frank Capra
With Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Capra’s romantic comedy has Peter (Gable), a down-on-his-luck but daring and defiantly working-class journalist, tracking down and travelling with runaway heiress Ellie (Colbert) through an America blighted by the Depression, his need for a scoop clashing with his desire to change her snobbish ways. The plot’s romantic elements may be generic wish-fulfilment but the depiction of an impoverished world is impressively vivid.