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  1. Classic Screwball Comedy's icon

    Classic Screwball Comedy

    Favs/dislikes: 34:0. Screwball comedies from the 1930s through the 1950s, ranked by personal preference.
  2. Byrge & Miller’s “The Screwball Comedy Films”'s icon

    Byrge & Miller’s “The Screwball Comedy Films”

    Favs/dislikes: 28:0. "This list is based off the book The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 by Duane Byrge and Robert Milton Miller. From the introduction: 'A screwball comedy was at heart a love story. It’s central romance was frequently instigated by an aggressive, even eccentric woman whose efforts to prod her more stodgy and conventional beau along the rocky road to the altar primed the comic mechanisms for a great deal of humor-by-embarassment. Improbable events, mistaken identities, and ominously misleading circumstantial evidence quickly compounded upon each other, albeit by seemingly logical progression, until a frantic conclusion in which even the impending marriage gives only faint promise of providing some whit of order as antidote to the previous narrative chaos. This book is intended as an historical menu for the feast, as well as a guide to sorting out and identifying the certifiably screwball from the much larger parade of vintage cinema comedy which surrounds it in the program schedules and on the cassette racks. Each of the following freature films described in the second section of this book has been found by the authors to qualify as sufficiently "screwy," by the standards of the era, to merit inclusion in our annotated filmography.' The films are listed chronologically."
  3. Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies's icon

    Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies

    Favs/dislikes: 20:0. "Irreverent, elegant, sublime, and ridiculous, the screwball films of the 1930s and 1940s are a timeless collison of high wit and low slapstick, in which the players used street-smart repartee to turn good taste into bad manners. For one breathtaking moment Hollywood produced a succession of these unforgettable classics: His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, My Man Godfrey, The Lady Eve, The Thin Man, and Twentieth Century. They featured wacky heiresses, boss ladies, and Cinderellas played by stars like Claudette Colbert, Rosalind Russell, and Jean Arthur. They hated and mated Gary Cooper, John Barrymore and William Powell: absent-minded professors, mad impressarios, and tuxedo-clad detectives." This list is a selected filmography of Screwball comedies, and a few earlier influences (ie: Design For Living) that exemplified the genre and are discussed thoroughly in Ed Sikov's book "Screwball: Hollwood's Madcap Romantic Comedies."
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