It Had to Happen

It Had to Happen is a 1936 American drama film starring George Raft and Rosalind Russell. The movie was written by Kathryn Scola, and Howard Ellis Smith, and directed by Roy Del Ruth. It is based on the 1909 short story "Canavan, the Man Who Had His Way" by Rupert Hughes.

It Had to Happen
Directed byRoy Del Ruth
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Written byRupert Hughes
Kathryn Scola
Howard Ellis Smith
StarringGeorge Raft
Rosalind Russell
Leo Carrillo
Arline Judge
Alan Dinehart
Arthur Hohl
Music byArthur Lange
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Edited byAllen McNeil
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 14, 1936 (1936-02-14)
Running time
79 mins
CountryUnited States



The film was a box office hit.[1]


  1. Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 68-69
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