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Big screen classics

It Happened One Night

A journalist follows a runaway heiress across America in search of a scoop.

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USA 1934
Dir Frank Capra
With Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Certificate U

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.


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