Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies

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"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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    The Affairs of Annabel

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    After the Thin Man

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Amazing Mr. Williams

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Another Thin Man

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Awful Truth

    1937, in 13 top lists Check
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    Bachelor Mother

    1939, in 1 top list Check
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    Ball of Fire

    1941, in 5 top lists Check
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    Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    Breakfast for Two

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Bride Walks Out

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Cafe Society

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Design for Living

    1933, in 3 top lists Check
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    Double Wedding

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    Easy Living

    1937, in 3 top lists Check
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    Eternally Yours

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    5th Ave Girl

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Front Page

    1931, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Girl from Missouri

    1934 — a.k.a. 100 Per Cent Pure, in 0 top lists Check
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    A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

    1941 — a.k.a. The Navy Steps Out, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Good Fairy

    1935, in 1 top list Check
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    Hands Across the Table

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
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    Having Wonderful Time

    1938 — a.k.a. Having a Wonderful Time, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hired Wife

    1940, in 0 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Holiday

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
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    I Love You Again

    1940, in 0 top lists Check
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    I Met Him in Paris

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 26 top lists Check
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    It's Love I'm After

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful World

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    I Was a Male War Bride

    1949 — a.k.a. You Can't Sleep Here, in 3 top lists Check
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    Jimmy the Gent

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Joy of Living

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
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    Libeled Lady

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    Love Crazy

    1941, in 0 top lists Check
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    Love Is News

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    Love on the Run

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Mad Miss Manton

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Major and the Minor

    1942, in 1 top list Check
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    Midnight

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    Monkey Business

    1952, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Moon's Our Home

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    The More the Merrier

    1943, in 4 top lists Check
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    Mr. and Mrs. North

    1942, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    1941, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
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    My Favorite Wife

    1940, in 1 top list Check
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