On today’s episode of Cinemallennials, I’ll be talking to film scholar and host of the Audiovisual Cultures podcast, Dr. Paula Blair about Frank Capra’s 1934 screwball comedy, It Happened One Night.
Although it might not look like all that much on the outside when googling or seeing the most famous clips from It Happened One Night, the film could easily be considered as one of the most influential, and well received comedies of all time. You could name any screwball or romantic comedy whether it be films like His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, When Harry Met Sally to the comedies that we grew up on like Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Proposal or even Star Wars and Spaceballs as I found out in the episode you’ll find a direct thread from It Happened One Night.
It Happened One Night follows the story of Ellen Andrews, a young heiress that daringly escapes from the clutches of her father in Miami, Florida in order to reunite with her soon to be husband King Westley in New York City. On her travels, Ellie soon encounters Peter Warne, a rough and tumble news reporter who just got fired. Peter recognizes Ellie and tells his boss he has the story of the year. Initially at odds with each other as their upbringings and personalities clash, the combination of their common desire to see the escape through, and the rapport they build on their journey slowly grows into something unexpected for the both of them.
So sit back, relax, and whatever you do, be careful when you’re singing and driving.
You can purchase It Happened One Night here.