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It Happened One Night: Screwball Comedy?

Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night would seem to have all the earmarks of the great Hollywood genre the screwball comedy, but the jury has long been out on whether it can be classified that way, as it was released in 1934, a couple of years before the concept was really established. For our new release of the film, we turned to the quick-witted duo of critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate for a snappy “she said, he said” discussion of the matter. Here’s an excerpt from that highly entertaining conversation.


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