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Press Release - July 8, 2021

One of the Few Surviving Posters from Beloved ‘It Happened One Night’ To Grab Spotlight in Heritage Movie Posters Auction

Rarity from first film to sweep Oscars' top awards is one of just a handful remaining


It Happened One Night 1934 movie poster
DALLAS, Texas (July 8, 2021) — If it is true that a film's critical acclaim is measured, in part, by Academy Awards, the stature of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night is beyond debate.

The 1934 comedy, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, was the first to sweep the Oscars' top five awards, and remains one of just three to achieve the feat. The film has stood the test of time, but posters from the classic are few and far between, making an It Happened One Night (Columbia, 1934) One Sheet Style A one of the top attractions in Heritage Auctions' Movie Posters Auction July 24-25.

"This is a beautiful poster from an extraordinary film, and one of just a handful to have survived 87 years," Heritage Auctions Movie Posters Director Grey Smith said. "And It Happened One Night is a screwball comedy, but it is more than that. It is a piece of film history, because it was the first film ever to sweep the big awards at the Oscars. It also played a huge role in developing Frank Capra's reputation as a director and really helped to put the poverty row studio of Columbia on the Hollywood map."

Capra was a comedy writer, but after directing It Happened One Night, he embarked on a career that included 1937's Lost Horizon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's A Wonderful Life (1946).

Capra and Columbia lucked out with the pairing of Colbert and Gable in the leading roles. Colbert was a known commodity, an accomplished actress who had done a previous film with Capra. Gable, on the other hand, was under contract with MGM at the time, and was loaned to Columbia for It Happened One Night – a move that clearly worked out for all involved.

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