Es geschah in einer Nacht

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USA, 1934, 105 min (Alternativ 101 min)


Als ungleiches Liebespaar tun sich Clark Gable und Claudette Colbert in diesem Klassiker der Screwball Comedy von 1934 zusammen, um uns wahrhaft zum Lachen zu bringen. Die verwöhnte Ellie Andrews flüchtet vor ihrem millionenschweren Vater, der sie davon abhalten will, einen windigen Playboy zu heiraten. Auf dem Weg nach New York lässt sich Ellie mit einem arbeitslosen Zeitungsmann – Peter Warne – ein. Als ihr Bus liegen bleibt, begibt sich das streitsüchtige Paar auf eine kopflose Expedition per Anhalter. Peter hofft insgeheim, ihr privates Missgeschick für seinen Job ausschlachten zu können. Die Spannungen lösen sich aber in Wohlgefallen auf, als die ausgerissene Erbin und der dreiste Reporter sich verlieben. (Verleiher-Text)


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Englisch A romantic comedy that will make you feel like you've seen it, or at least something similar, before. But when you realize that it was made in 1934 and still, after over eighty years, remains a funny, entertaining, and emotional film, it's something that sets Capra's film apart from other, more recent pieces. Gable and Colbert are breathtaking. ()


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Englisch The progenitor of all cheesy Hollywood romances, though it somehow isn't even a little bit cheesy itself, and despite its simple story has so much originality and positive love charge that few successors can match it. And the main culprits are both the two wonderful main characters, between whom, thanks to their cleverly depicted differences, things sparkle perfectly, and the golden touch of Frank Capra, who not only keeps plain sentimentality perfectly at bay, but also moves the development of Peter and Ellie's entertaining relationship into a completely believable and natural position. The ending was slightly disappointing, as the emotional climax takes place about ten minutes before the true happy ending, which was surprisingly forgettable, but to be honest, in the history of its sweet genre, mostly defined by popular conventions and constantly recycling motifs, It Happened One Night is a dazzling and lasting revelation... 85% ()



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Englisch Unforced natural performances, dialogues that don’t make you wince and are often so witty and funny that are a joy to listen to. I almost wouldn't hesitate to write that Capra was ahead of his time in his sensitivity. Some of the dialogue scenes, such as wading in the river carrying a girl on the shoulders, or the hitchhiking, were unexpected and excellent, except I would advise Gable that he really shouldn't smoke in haystack, especially when his girlfriend is huddled in it. The guys here complain about the ungracefulness of Claudette Colbert, and even say she’s ugly, I can't agree with that, I found her cute and relatable. Clark Gable is a straight-up stud, as always, no wonder women went crazy for him back then. But I won't give it 5 stars, because I found the ending contrived in relation to the rest of the film and the sudden epiphany of the father unbelievable, as well as his naively understanding nature, people like that exist only in movies :) ()


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Englisch Clark Gable is fascinating; Claudette Colbert exactly the opposite. When the charmer Peter is drunk, when he provokes the closest person, but especially when he hitchhikes (even after so many decades, an incredibly funny study), the smile never leaves my face. When his main partner tries to act, I feel embarrassed, whether she tries to be humorous or play a serious note. The script doesn't make this inconsistency any easier for me, when it can present a perfect gag once every half hour, but still stretches out the last twenty minutes literally unbearably. This golden classic simply stayed a fair distance away from me. ()

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