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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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Trivia

While chafing under Oscar's attempts to control her, Lily protests, "I'm not Trilby!" Trilby is the heroine of the eponymous George du Maurier novel about an ingenuous singer who falls under the sway of hypnotic and controlling manger named Svengali. In Svengali (1931) John Barrymore had actually played Svengali. See more »

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When Jaffee claims he has an inspiration he grabs Owen's coat, and in the next shot his hand is open. See more »

Quotes

Mathew J. Clark: He had a gun! I shot him in self-defense!
Oscar Jaffe: Owen, I was aiming at myself. He grabbed the gun away from me and shot me. That's the final irony... Killed by a lunatic.
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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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15 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

As soon as this gem begins, we're dipped into great comedy. An egomanical producer (a very funny John Barrymore) takes lowly fashion model Mildred Plotka (equally funny Carole Lombard) and makes her the darling of Broadway. She rebels from his Svengali-like grasp and heads for Hollywood. Years later, Barrymore, armed with his sidekicks (tipsy Roscoe Karns and whiner Walter Connely) meet Lombard on a cross country train. During this insane adventure there's hammy Euro-trash Passion Play actors (They think "Moocher" is some sort of compliment), a kindly old religious nut (armed with repent stickers and bouncing checks) The finale verbal-physical spat of Lombard vs. Barrymore is not for the faint of heart! A Classic comedy Goldmine!!


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