Chapter 3. Capra, Class, and the Runaway Heiress

  1. Linda Mizejewski

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch3

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

How to Cite

Mizejewski, L. (2009) Capra, Class, and the Runaway Heiress, in It Happened One Night, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310153.ch3

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



  • Capra, class, and the runaway heiress;
  • Hollywood and the Great Depression;
  • hunger in It Happened One Night - historical reference;
  • gender and romance in It Happened One Night - interpretations of its treatment;
  • Hoovervilles, cultural displacement, and rootlessness in It Happened One Night;
  • depression-era Hollywood - fluffy musicals, dazzling rhinestone costumes, and high-society farces;
  • Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985);
  • “Night Bus” and It Happened One Night and runaway heiress-in-the-headlines plot;
  • Big Business–Money Rat Race;
  • American nativist movement and promoting idea of white “American race”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Hollywood and the Great Depression

  • The Runaway Heiress

  • Capra and Class Politics