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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.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Charles Bruce Millholland (play), Ben Hecht (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Oscar Jaffe
Carole Lombard ... Lily Garland formerly Mildred Plotka
Walter Connolly ... Oliver Webb
Roscoe Karns ... Owen O'Malley
Ralph Forbes ... George Smith
Charles Lane ... Max Jacobs (as Charles Levison)
Etienne Girardot ... Matthew J. Clark
Dale Fuller ... Sadie
Edgar Kennedy ... Oscar McGonigle
Billie Seward ... Anita
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Storyline

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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For everybody who was tickled pink by "It Happened One Night" (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh Penna.)) 6 June 1934) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Although a November 16, 1933 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Gregory Ratoff was signed for the role he had enacted on the stage, he was not in the original Broadway production nor the finished film. 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

Lily Garland, aka Mildred Plotka: All those opera tenors, acrobats, that Italian bicycle rider I told you about... they're all lies. The only man in my life was that cavalier in there. Oscar Jaffe.
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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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sparkling work from the leads
8 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Howard Hawks' early foray into screwball comedy pits the wonderful pairing of John Barrymore and Carole Lombard against each other. She is Lily Garland, a Broadway actress about to break in Hollywood; he's her theatrical producer and on-off beau, desperate for her to stay. Around half of the film is taken up with them screeching at each other, leaving the supporting actors with very little to do.

There is a lot of sparkle here, great performances from the two leads, who work together just fine, and a screenplay which moves almost as fast as the train which gives the movie its title. Ten years after this was made, both Barrymore and Lombard were dead, but this stands as a fine epitaph for them together.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20th Century See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,800
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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