It Happened One Night script
Synopsis: In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress.

FADE IN:

Part One The HARBOR at Miami Beach FADES IN, providing

quick VIEWS of yachts, aquaplanes, and luxurious ship-craft

lying at anchor in the calm, tranquil waters of tropical

Florida. This dissolves to the NAME PLATE on the side of a

yacht, reading "ELSPETH II," and this in turn to a YACHT

CORRIDOR where a steward is standing in front of a cabin

door, near a small collapsible table upon which there is a

tray of steaming food. He lifts lids and examines the

contents. A heavy-set sailor stands guard near the cabin

door.

STEWARD:

Fine! Fine! She ought to like this.

(to the guard)

Open the door.

GUARD:

(without moving)

Who's gonna take it in to her?

You?

STEWARD:

Oh, no.

(turning)

Mullison! Come on!

The VIEW WIDENS to include MULLISON, a waiter. His eye is

decorated with a "shiner."

MULLISON:

Not me, sir. She threw a ketchup

bottle at me this morning.

STEWARD:

Well, orders are orders! Somebody's

gotta take it in.

(he turns to someone

else)

Fredericks!

The VIEW MOVES to another waiter, who has a patch of bandage

on his face.

FREDERICKS:

Before I bring her another meal,

I'll be put off the ship first.

STEWARD'S VOICE

Henri!

The VIEW MOVES over to a Frenchman.

HENRI:

(vehemently)

No, Monsieur. When I leave the

Ritz you do not say I have to wait

on crazy womans.

The VIEW MOVES BACK to include the Steward and the others

grouped around him.

ANOTHER WAITER (A COCKNEY)

My wife was an angel compared to

this one, sir. And I walked out on

her .

GUARD:

(impatiently)

Come on! Make up your mind!

A petty officer approaches. He is blustering and officious,

but the type that is feeble and ineffective. His name is

Lacey.

LACEY:

(talking

quickly—staccato)

What's up? What's up?

There is a fairly close picture of the GROUP featuring

Lacey and the Steward.

STEWARD:

These pigs! They're afraid to take

her food in.

LACEY:

That's ridiculous! Afraid of a

mere girl!

(he wheels on the

steward)

Why didn't you do it yourself?

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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