Great Screwball Comedies

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1.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
2.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
3.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
4.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
5.
Libeled Lady (1936)
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A newspaper man, his jilted fiance, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. (98 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
6.
It Happened One Night (1934)
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A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
7.
My Favorite Wife (1940)
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Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. (88 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
8.
The Awful Truth (1937)
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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
9.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
10.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
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A high school girl falls for a playboy artist with screwball results. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
11.
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
12.
Twentieth Century (1934)
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
13.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
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A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think. (94 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
14.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
15.
The Thrill of It All (1963)
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A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
16.
Adam's Rib (1949)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
17.
Holiday (1938)
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiance's eccentric sister and long suffering brother. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
18.
I Love You Again (1940)
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Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife. (99 mins.)
 
19.
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
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After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity. (98 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
20.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
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Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid. (95 mins.)
 
21.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
22.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
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The author of a scandalously racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity from her provincial small town neighbors who'd be scandalized if they knew. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Nothing Sacred (1937)
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Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace... (77 mins.)
 
24.
The More the Merrier (1943)
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During the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
25.
The Lady Eve (1941)
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A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
26.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving an heroic honorable discharge before returning home. (101 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
27.
Harvey (1950)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
28.
Love Crazy (1941)
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A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back. (99 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
29.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
30.
Merrily We Live (1938)
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest... (95 mins.)
 
31.
Easy Living (1937)
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J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought... (88 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen