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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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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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The Star of stars in the Hit of Hits! (Print ad- Telegraph-Herald, ((Dubuque, Iowa)) 27 July 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

John Barrymore once said that the role of Oscar was "a role that comes once in a lifetime" and even deemed this his favorite of all the movies he appeared in. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lily Garland, aka Mildred Plotka: What is it this time - the big drama about Hairpin Annie, the pride of the gashouse?
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Featured in All the Rage (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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What it lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in sheer energy!
16 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This isn't a perfect screwball comedy from the 1930s, but it sure is one of the better ones. John Barrymore is as hammy as ever in the lead. He's a down on his luck director who used to be tops in the field--especially during his glory days when his discovery, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard) was working with him. However, as they both have very volatile personalities and egos, they haven't worked together for some time and Barrymore NEEDS a hit. So, he decides to bite the bullet and pull out all the stops and re-sign Garland--and say and do ANYTHING to make it happen.

This film is one of the highest energy films I have ever seen. While Barrymore's performance doesn't quite equal that of Jimmy Cagney in ONE, TWO, THREE, it is almost as rapid-fire and amazing to see. The film isn't quite as perfect as some reviewers have said (particularly Leonard Maltin), but it still is well worth seeing and is an amazing film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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