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1. Bed of Roses (1933)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Pert Kelton

Votes: 534

2. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.3
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 696

3. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 16,639

4. Now, Voyager (1942)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 12,109

5. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 19,480

6. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 16,018

7. My Dream Is Yours (1949)

101 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

6.6
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An agent must search for a new personality to replace a popular singer who refuses to renew his radio contract. He finds one in the form of a single mother, but complications soon occur.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 794

8. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,168

9. A Star Is Born (1937)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

7.6
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Jack Conway | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson

Votes: 5,660

10. Stage Door (1937)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick

Votes: 6,289

11. Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 2,419

12. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 9,020

13. The Story of Mankind (1957)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

4.9
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The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 889

14. The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy

7.3
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Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio

Votes: 5,584

15. Design for Living (1933)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 4,290

16. Flying Down to Rio (1933)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
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An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 2,751

17. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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This was a Colgate sponsored Comedy hour that featured many notable Comedians and Entertainers of the era as Guest Stars.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Al Goodman, Eddie Cantor

Votes: 376

18. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Don DeFore

Votes: 1,334

19. Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn, Alexander Carr

Votes: 2,543

20. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.1
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A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 2,640

21. Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Passed | 132 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.6
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"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Cheryl Walker, William Terry, Judith Anderson, Kenny Baker

Votes: 1,205

22. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 1,086

23. Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, James Ellison

Votes: 965

24. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

6.9
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Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ... See full summary »

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Frances Ramsden, Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 1,186

25. Easy Living (1937)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni

Votes: 2,273

26. Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Musical

7.5
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Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Leon Errol, Billy Lenhart

Votes: 1,682

27. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War

7.8
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest

Votes: 3,429

28. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had seven previous wives.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, David Niven

Votes: 2,304

29. Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.7
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To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 819

30. George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

7.1
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When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride

Votes: 1,186

31. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

9.0
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Add a Plot

Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 120

32. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.2
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 994

33. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

6.8
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Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 981

34. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.6
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In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 765

35. Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

6.5
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Balkan Prince Henry has two wishes, to meet Lauren Bacall and see the "real" America. He befriends cabbie Buzz Williams and, without knowing the microphone is live, the two stage a debate ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie, Janis Paige

Votes: 294

36. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Peggy McCay

Votes: 57

37. Three Smart Girls (1936)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Ray Milland

Votes: 918

38. Just Around the Corner (1938)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Musical

6.6
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Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, Amanda Duff

Votes: 418

39. Turnabout (1940)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.4
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Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard, William Gargan

Votes: 513

40. Private Secretary (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Don Porter, Ann Tyrrell, Joan Banks

Votes: 105

41. The Great Moment (1944)

Passed | 83 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey, William Demarest

Votes: 747

42. Four's a Crowd (1938)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Patric Knowles

Votes: 714

43. Always Goodbye (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A woman must decide between two men - one she loves, the other she admires and respects.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero

Votes: 254

44. Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.5
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In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth, Jean Dixon

Votes: 482

45. Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 310

46. Crazy House (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Music

6.7
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Olsen and Johnson, stage comedians turned film stars, produce a star-studded musical comedy with an eccentric "millionaire" who hasn't got a dime.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Cass Daley, Patric Knowles

Votes: 145

47. The Half Naked Truth (1932)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Lupe Velez, Lee Tracy, Eugene Pallette, Frank Morgan

Votes: 385

48. The Mandarin Mystery (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.3
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Two murders are committed and a $50,000 Chinese Mandarin stamp is stolen, tossed around and eventually recovered as an aggregation of costly-stamp counterfeiters are uncovered through the mastermind investigation by Ellery Queen.

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Charlotte Henry, Rita La Roy, Wade Boteler

Votes: 262

49. Young and Beautiful (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Bob Preston, publicity man for Superba Pictures, uses his publicity skills in an attempt to make this fiancée June Dale the most famous movie star in the world. But in doing so, he forgets ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: William Haines, Judith Allen, Joseph Cawthorn, John Miljan

Votes: 251

50. Her Man (1930)

85 min | Drama

6.8
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Paris bargirl with tough "protector" falls for young sailor.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes, Marjorie Rambeau, James Gleason

Votes: 153