The Best It Happened One Night Quotes

It Happened One Night quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the pre-Code dramedy It Happened One Night as determined by you and your votes. Based on the short story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, It Happened One Night centers on a socialite (Claudette Colbert) who falls for a local newspaper reporter (Clark Gable). The film was the first in Academy history to sweep all five major Oscar categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay. Released on February 22, 1934, It Happened One Night was promoted with the tagline "Two great lovers of the screen in the grandest of romantic comedies!"

What are the best It Happened One Night quotes? Do you like when Peter explained, "I never did like the idea of sitting on newspapers. I did it once, and all the headlines came off on my white pants. On the level! It actually happened. Nobody bought a paper that day. They just followed me around over town and read the news on the seat of my pants"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top It Happened One Night quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

  • Long Line Of Stubborn Idiots
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    Long Line Of Stubborn Idiots

    Ellie: You've been telling me what not to do ever since I can remember.
    Mr. Andrews: That's because you've always been a stubborn idiot.
    Ellie: I come from a long line of stubborn idiots.
  • 2

    You Ungrateful Brat

    Ellie: I don't want it reported!...Can you understand English? Would you please keep out of my affairs. I want to be left alone.
    Peter: Why, you ungrateful brat!
  • You'll Never Get Away With It
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    You'll Never Get Away With It

    Peter: Remember me? I'm the fellow you slept on last night.
    Ellie: You needn't concern yourself about me. I can take care of myself.
    Peter: You'll never get away with it, Miss Andrews.
  • 4

    A Lot Of Hooey

    Ellie: Listen, if you promise not to do it, I'll pay you. I'll pay you as much as he will. You won't gain anything by giving me away, as long I'm willing to make it worth your while. I've got to get to New York without being stopped. It's terribly important to me.
    Peter: You know, I had you pegged right from the jump. Just a spoiled brat of a rich father. The only way you get anything is to buy it, isn't it? You're in a jam and all you can think of is your money. It never failed, did it? Ever hear of the word humility? No, you wouldn't. I guess it would never occur to you to just say, 'Please mister, I'm in trouble, will you help me?' No, that would bring you down off your high horse for a minute. Well, let me tell you something, maybe it will take a load off your mind. You don't have to worry about me. I'm not interested in your money or your problem. You, King Westley, your father. You're all a lot of hooey to me!
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    Chalk Up On

    Ellie: I just had the unpleasant sensation of hearing you referred to as my husband.
    Peter: Oh yeah, I forgot to tell ya about that. I registered as Mr. and Mrs.
    Ellie: Oh, you did...Well, what am I expected to do? Leap for joy?
    Peter: I kinda half expected you to thank me.
    Ellie: Your ego is absolutely colossal.
    Peter: Yeah, yep. Not bad. How's yours?
    Ellie: You know, compared to you, my friend Shapeley is an amateur. Just whatever gave you any idea I'd stand for this?
    Peter: Hey now, wait a minute. Let's get this straightened out right now. If you're nursing any silly notion that I'm interested in you, forget it. You're just a headline to me.
    Ellie: A headline? You're not a newspaper man are you?
    Peter: Chalk up one for your side.
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    Don't Be A Sucker

    [Peter hangs a blanket between the twin beds in their rented room]

    Ellie: That, I suppose, makes everything quite all right?

    Peter: Oh this? Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I'm very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me. Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, but a lot safer. You see, uh, I have no trumpet. Now just to show you my heart's in the right place, I'll give you my best pair of pajamas.

    [Peter offers Ellie his pajamas - she ignores them - so he tosses them at her]

    Peter: Uh, do you mind joining the Israelites?

    [He indicates he wants her to go on the other side of the blanket - she doesn't move]

    Peter: You don't want to join the Israelites? Alright.

    [He begins to undress]

    Peter: Perhaps you're interested in how a man undresses. You know, it's a funny thing about that. Quite a study in psychology. No two men do it alike. You know, I once knew a man who kept his hat on until he was completely undressed. Yeah, now he made a picture. Years later, his secret came out. He wore a toupee. Yeah. You know, I have a method all my own. If you notice, the coat came first, then the tie, then the shirt. Now, uh, according to Hoyle, after that, the, uh, pants should be next. There's where I'm different... I go for the shoes next. First the right, then the left. After that it's, uh, every man for himself.

    [When he starts to unbuckle his pants, she runs to the other side of the blanket]
    Peter: Aw, don't be a sucker. A good night's rest'll do you a lot of good. Besides, you got nothing to worry about: the walls of Jericho will protect you from the big bad wolf.