Favorite Screwball Comedies of the '30s and '40s

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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.
The Good Fairy (1935)
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A naive girl just out of a cloistered orphanage finds that being a 'good fairy' to strangers makes life awfully complicated. (98 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
3.
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
 
4.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
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A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. (83 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
5.
The More the Merrier (1943)
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During the World War II 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
 
6.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
7.
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
 
8.
Midnight (1939)
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A chorus girl stranded in Paris is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man. (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
The Major and the Minor (1942)
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A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth. (100 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
12.
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
 
13.
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, until one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
14.
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
 
15.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
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The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew. (94 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
Ninotchka (1939)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. (110 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
18.
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fianc a lesson, after learning he has had 7 previous wives. (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
19.
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
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An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life. (90 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
20.
Ball of Fire (1941)
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A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
21.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
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Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses. (85 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
22.
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
 
23.
Topper (1937)
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A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. (97 mins.)
 
24.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
25.
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
 
26.
Design for Living (1933)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
27.
Lucky Partners (1940)
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Ronald Colman shares a sweepstakes ticket with Ginger Rogers and they then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings." (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
28.
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
 
29.
Easy Living (1937)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
30.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
31.
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
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A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead. (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
32.
Christmas in July (1940)
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An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves... (67 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
33.
Platinum Blonde (1931)
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A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change. (89 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
34.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
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A couple who have been married for three years are horrified to learn that their marriage is not legally valid. (95 mins.)