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Twentieth Century (1934)

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.

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Broadway director Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) is a bigger ham than most actors, but through sheer drive and talent he is able to build a successful career. When one of his discoveries, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), rises to stardom and heeds the call of Hollywood, Oscar begins a career slide. He hits the skids and seems on his way out, until he chances to meet Lily again, on a train ride aboard the Twentieth Century Limited. Oscar pulls out all the stops to re-sign his former star, but it's a battle... because Lily, who is as temperamental as Oscar is, wants to have nothing to do with her former mentor. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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11 May 1934 (USA)  »

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Oscar Jaffe is loosely based on Jed Harris. Other influences are theatrical producers Morris Gest and David Belasco. See more »

Goofs

When Jaffe takes over direction, he addresses Lily by her new name and she responds, even though she hasn't heard it before. This gap was caused by the deletion of a brief scene in which O'Malley informs her that Jaffe has changed her name. See more »

Quotes

Mathew J. Clark: I've often thought I might like to devote myself to the theater. Would you think there might be a place for me?
Oliver Webb: Oh yes, yes. Probably fill a long-felt want.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by Walter Connolly
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One of the top 10 screwball comedies from the 30's
24 February 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The screwball comedy began in the early thirties and went out of fashion before the second world war. The Twentieth Century of 1934 is a first class screwball comedy especially written for Barrymore who fits the role like a leather glove. The style however is too smart for the general movie consumer outside of large cities like New York where there is real cosmopolitan theater. Lombard is total perfection and excellent opposite to Barrymore. They are funny and dramatic with perfect exact timing seldom seen in film today. One of Howard Hawks extremely over looked movies but will hopefully change now with a new generation. A zany comedy which barely pauses for any kind of romance but is about romance. If you are one of those who love the silver screen and crazy screwball comedy genre of the 30's this is a must.


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