It Happened One Night
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- Consideration of the film’s role in establishing the genre of the romantic comedy film
- Investigations into the film’s persistent sexuality and its creativity in avoiding Depression-era censorship
- Establishment of the cultural, economic, and political context of a film that directly addresses the Depression and class issues
- Exploration of how the film invokes and develops the stardom of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and how this stardom intersects with the film’s topics of gender, genre, sexuality, and class
1.Rules and Unruliness: Screwball Comedy and the Road Movie.
2. The Production Code and the Wall of Jericho.
3. Contexts: Capra, Class, and Depression-Era America.
4. Stardom: Gable and Colbert
Maria DiBattista, Princeton University
"Linda Mizejewski's It Happened One Night, like Frank Capra's, is tough-minded and tender, politically and discursively astute, yet open to the humor and mystery of "young people in love." Her command of the scholarship is impressive, her prose is nimble and sharp. A landmark study of a landmark film." Leland Poague, Iowa State University
“What a wonderful read! Mizejewski’s witty and
lucid study of It Happened One Night offers a knowledgeable
introduction not only to this important film but to the genre of
romantic comedy and the scholarship it has inspired.”
Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, University of Oregon