Ten best 30's/40's comedies

by smorganciho | created - 08 Dec 2012 | updated - 10 May 2013 | Public
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1. The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy

Votes: 14,676

2. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 48,109

3. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 22,450

4. Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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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.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall

Votes: 1,704

5. The Lady Eve (1941)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 16,123

6. The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.9
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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.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines

Votes: 4,623

7. 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: 17,067

8. Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 5,874

9. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 22,476

10. I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.1
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After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart

Votes: 6,381