What is your favorite screwball comedy?


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13 comments:

Miss McCrocodile said...

Ever? And not a list? Just one? That would be "My Man Godfrey" 1936. It's absolutely perfect, that's all! Writing, direction, photography and that cast! Carole Lombard, William Powell (divorced by still friends), Gail Patrick, Eugene Palette, Alice Brady, Mischa Auer and Alan Mowbray. I've actually lost count of the number of times I've enjoyed this classic. 7 AAN.
I must give honourable mention to that Oscar Jaffe Production, "Twentieth Century".

Juliette. said...
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Juliette. said...

Oh goodness...one? Well, because there's a man standing here with a gun to my head, I suppose I'll choose. The Lady Eve. It was my first introduction to Preston Sturges and Barbara Stanwyck, and consequently started my love affair with both. There are other screwball comedies that I find funnier at times, but none have (for me) the charm of this one.

Nicole said...

That's hard to narrow it down to just one but my favorite screwball comedy is none other than The Lady Eve. The humor and the comedic timing is planned so perfectly and both Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda are so believable in their roles. Not only is it a favorite screwball comedy of mine, but it's also my favorite movie. None can compare to the absolute charm and wit between the two stars that makes the film so enchanting to watch and is often on repeat on my tv.

Millie said...

To say only one is torture!!!

But, I would have to go with It Happened One Night. Clark and Claudette are simply tremendous! And the supporting cast is amazing (I have a special fondness in my heart for "believe you me" Shapely).

What really clinches it for me is the dialogue. Quick, witty, and oh-so quotable!

This movie gets better every time I watch it!

2nd place: His Girl Friday (my all time favorite comedy ever)

Honorable mentions: The Awful Truth, The More The Merrier, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Arsenic and Old Lace, etc, etc...I just love screwballs!

CagneyFan said...

Hmm. Only one? That's difficult to do b/c there are so many good ones.

But, if I have to choose one, I'll go with THE AWFUL TRUTH, b/c it still makes me laugh even though I've seen it many, many times. Irene Dunne is one of my favorite actresses, and this movie highlights her pefect comic timing. Grant, of course, is also wonderful in his role.

Close, and I mean close, runners up for me personally are MY MAN GODFREY, BRINGING UP BABY and THE LADY EVE.

Lombard is luminous and a perfect ditz in GODFREY. BABY is so full of looniness and sheer craziness, it's still a revelation after all these years. And Stany and Fonda both are wonderful in EVE. Stany is absolutely gorgeous and Fonda plays a perfect rube.

Thanks for the contest. HAGD!

lissa said...

"Nothing Sacred" is one of my favorite - can't remember the others at the moment

Maggie said...

My favorite is the one I persistently return to: "My Favorite Wife". I've seen it at least 20 times, and it just gets more hilarious!

Andi B. Goode said...

I'm going to have to go with 'The Awful Truth'. It leaves me practically in tears (from laughter) no matter how many times I watch it. My favourite parts are when Cary puts on the wrong hat and it's too big for his head and Irene Dunne pretending to be his sister. I just completely lose it.
-Andi x

Laura said...

This is hard! But I think I'd have to go with THE MORE THE MERRIER. It's completely zany (that morning routine scene where they all keep passing each other and the clothes go out the window...) and also terribly romantic. Joel McCrea! Sigh...

Best wishes,
Laura

ARCHAVIST said...

Define screwball?????

Duck Soup is a classic

Eric said...

Bringing Up Baby, for sure. The cast is perfect, and every time I watch it, I think about how the world missed out on a perfect Superman movie starring Grant (who does his best Clark Kent here) and Hepburn as Lois Lane.

ClassicMovie Bug said...

Seriously? You're lucky if I can only name three! Hmm... well, as much as I love The Lady Eve, Bringing Up Baby, among others... my heart will always stick by The Awful Truth.

It was the first film that introduced me to both the charming Cary Grant as well as the lovely Irene Dunne. Since that moment when I first watched the film while sipping from my TCM mug, I was in love. Irene Dunne's smile and laugh, Cary Grant's personality, charm, and looks... plus the antics involved, of course, equaled a night of laughs and love. That movie opened up all other screwball comedies to me, and I never looked back.