Chapter 1. Rules and Unruliness

Romantic Comedy

  1. Linda Mizejewski

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch1

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

How to Cite

Mizejewski, L. (2009) Rules and Unruliness, in It Happened One Night, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 DEC 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television

Book Series Editors:

  1. Diane Negra and
  2. Yvonne Tasker

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405173896

Online ISBN: 9781444310153



  • rules and unruliness - romantic comedy;
  • It Happened One Night - as romantic comedy;
  • romantic comedy, Shakespeare through Capra and older and larger genre of the New Comedy;
  • It Happened One Night - literary and cinematic precedents;
  • critical debates about film's take on romance, gender, and marriage;
  • romantic comedy film - courtship, coupling, and falling in love;
  • Shakespearean comedy - obstacles, romancing of characters and happy endings;
  • Much Ado about Nothing - and romantic comedy films;
  • “screwball” comedies - screwball characters meet cute;
  • “screwball” comedies in intimacy, violence, and marriage


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gender and Genre

  • Screwball Characters Meet Cute

  • Intimacy, Violence, and Marriage