I must admit that IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is funny, exciting, and entertaining. This movie is one of the great screwball comedy out there. It's a solid romance-comedy. Led by Clark Gable's charismatic performance and Claudette Colbert's charming performance. Frank Capra also succeed to give a good presentation. But when I watched it, I just felt "ordinary" with this movie. Maybe my expectation was too high...
This is an exceptional comedy and one of the greatest of all time. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert had excellent chemistry and top that all off with Capra's optimistic and heartwarming view of America and its open roads and you've got one of the very first road pictures and screwball comedies.
Pure delight, helped by a sharp script and immaculate performances. There's a wonderful sense of space to the piece: no scenes seem rushed, even in the final act. Instead, the drama relies purely on the quality of interaction and in this respect the acting/reacting between Colbert and Gable is mesmerising, helped along by a range of delightful cameos across the board.
A heartwarming, droll and engaging romantic comedy road movie. We warm to the cantankerous, headstrong and witty leads as they warm to each other. Other reviewers complaining of misogyny are perhaps missing the ironical tone of the script. In any case, Ellen is hardly a shrinking violet and the paternalistic and sexist attitudes she chafes against seem plausible in a 1930s context.