It was originally planned to be a little film called "Night Bus," based upon a story no one thought was anything particularly special. It could have starred Robert Montgomery and myrna Loy, or Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, but Lombard -- one of the few actresses in the industry who didn't mind being loaned out to Harry Cohn and Columbia, decided to stay put at Paramount to make a dance film with George Raft called "Bolero."
Gable's co-star would be Claudette Colbert, the film would be retitled "It Happened One Night," and it came out of nowhere to become a word of mouth hit that cleaned up at the Oscars.
It's perhaps Hollywood's most illustrious example of buses on screen.. Of course, bues have figured prominently in other parts of American culture. (think of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" or "Lodi" by Creedence Clearwater Revival). Well, npw Greyhound -- an iconic brand -- is being carried over to Great Britain for travel.
Beginning next month, bues under the Greyhound name will run trips from London to Portsmouth and Southampton.Of course, the UK is a far more compact land than America, endowed with an efficient, far-reaching rail system. Unlike the U.S., there are few out-of-the-way villages -- the communities that made Greyhound such an important mode of transit in America.
To learn more about Greyhound's American history and its plans for Great Britain, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8212248.stm. Oh, and if you ride one night, say hi to Peter and Ellie for us.