Screwball Comedy Classics

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1.
The Front Page (1931)
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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
2.
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
 
3.
If I Had a Million (1932)
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A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory. (88 mins.)
 
4.
Three Cornered Moon (1933)
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Nellie Rimplegar has to tell her grown children that due to her bungled handling of their finances,... (77 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
5.
Dinner at Eight (1933)
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Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. (111 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
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.
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
 
8.
We're Not Dressing (1934)
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Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor. (74 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
9.
Hands Across the Table (1935)
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A loafer and a manicurist, both planning to marry money, meet and form an uneasy alliance. (80 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
10.
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
 
11.
Top Hat (1935)
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An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
12.
The Gilded Lily (1935)
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A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter. (80 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
13.
She Married Her Boss (1935)
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A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work. (85 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
14.
If You Could Only Cook (1935)
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An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler. (72 mins.)
 
15.
Love on the Run (1936)
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A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot. (80 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
16.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
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Screwball comedy has wealthy mystery writer Paula Bradford using her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Roberts
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
Nothing Sacred (1937)
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An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit. (77 mins.)
 
24.
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
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A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him. (84 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
25.
I Met Him in Paris (1937)
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Kay Denham, romanced in Paris by friends Gene and George, can't figure out why George disapproves of Gene. (86 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
26.
Tovarich (1937)
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Ousted from their homeland by the Bolshevik revolution, a royal Russian couple find themselves impoverished and living in Paris... (98 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
27.
Breakfast for Two (1937)
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Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy. (67 mins.)
Director: Alfred Santell
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
True Confession (1937)
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A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial. (85 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
Fools for Scandal (1938)
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Rene is broke and Kay is a rich actress visiting Paris. They meet, share a cab and dinner. He is smitten by her... (80 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
Vivacious Lady (1938)
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A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home. (90 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
37.
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
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When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong. (80 mins.)
Director: Leigh Jason
 
38.
Joy of Living (1938)
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Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster... (91 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
39.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
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Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
40.
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
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Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer... (86 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
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
 
44.
Too Many Husbands (1940)
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Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband. (81 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Great McGinty (1940)
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Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics. But endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty... (82 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
49.
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
 
50.
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
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Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups... (84 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
51.
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
 
52.
It Started with Eve (1941)
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A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiance in order to make his dying father's last moments happy... (90 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
53.
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
 
54.
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
 
55.
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
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A financially-strapped charter pilot hires himself to an oil tycoon to kidnap his madcap daughter and prevent her from marrying a vapid band leader. (92 mins.)
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
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.)
 
59.
The Lady Is Willing (1942)
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In order to adopt an abandoned baby, an actress arranges a marriage of convenience with a doctor. (92 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
60.
Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
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Susan Miller works behind the girdle counter in a department store and dreams about the beautiful clothes and glamour she can never hope to have... (86 mins.)
 
61.
Don't Get Personal (1942)
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Elmer Whippet inherits the Whippet Pickles company and sets out to meet the two stars, Mary Reynolds and John Stowe... (60 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
62.
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
 
63.
Woman of the Year (1942)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
64.
My Sister Eileen (1942)
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Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer... (96 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
65.
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
 
66.
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
 
67.
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
 
68.
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
 
69.
Together Again (1944)
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A prim and proper widow who has succeeded him as mayor of a provincial Vermont town hires a worldly New York sculptor for her husband's statue. (93 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
70.
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
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Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago... (87 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
71.
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
 
72.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity. (105 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
73.
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
 
74.
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
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After the accidental death of an idiot heir, a stunt man is hired to impersonate him while the family... (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Haydn
 
75.
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
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Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject... (120 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
76.
Wedding Present (1936)
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When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back. (81 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace