It Happened One Night parents guide

It Happened One Night

Falling in love can happen in just one night.

Overall B

When a down-on-his-luck reporter (Clark Gable) bumps into a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert), he agrees to keep her whereabouts a secret if she will give him exclusive rights to tell her story.

Release date February 23, 1934

Violence C+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B
Substance Use C

Why is It Happened One Night rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated It Happened One Night Not Rated

Run Time: 105 minutes

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It Happened One Night
Rating & Content Info

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Why is It Happened One Night rated Not Rated? It Happened One Night is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: Verbal threats are made (usually by men towards woman): sometimes the intent seems serious, sometimes not. Characters belongings are stolen. A small accident disables a vehicle. A reporter blackmails a woman (he’ll tell her father where she is if she doesn’t give him exclusive rights to tell her story). Characters engage in a domestic spat and the woman starts bawling. A man hits a woman. A woman faints because of lack of food. A man hints at possible mob violence to scare another character. A bloody cut is seen, which resulted from a fight (not shown). A character says he has tied a man to a tree.

Sexual Content: A man falls asleep sitting up, and slumps onto the woman beside him. Later a woman falls asleep on a man. A married man engages in pick-up conversation with a woman. A married woman and single man share hotel rooms, but hang a blanket between them to keep things proper. Characters undress before bed—the man’s bare chest is shown, the woman’s underwear is seen. A scream is heard when it is implied a character has accidentally walked in on another who is showering. A woman reveals her thigh to a motorist in a hitchhiking attempt.

Language: Name-calling is abundant.Derogatory terms are used to describe women.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A character drinks to the point of inebriation during times of discouragement, and sometimes becomes aggressive toward others. Characters are shown drinking from a bottle and a flask. Characters smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes. One character is shown smoking in bed on a couple of occasions. A lit cigarette is carelessly discarded in a pile of hay.

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It Happened One Night
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video NR

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News About "It Happened One Night"

Cast and Crew

It Happened One Night is directed by Frank Capra and stars Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of It Happened One Night movie is November 18, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: It Happened One Night
Release Date: 18 November 2014
It Happened One Night releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following special features:
- New conversation between critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate
- Frank Capra’s American Dream, a 1997 feature-length documentary
- Director Frank Capra’s first film, the 1922 silent short The Ballad of Fisher’s Boarding House
- American Film Institute tribute to Capra from 1982
- Trailer
- An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
- And more

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Frank Capra is also the director of It’s A Wonderful Life, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Clark Gable stars as Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind.

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