War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline in Newark. Dizzy is flirting with the girlfriend of a younger pilot and, due to this, he feigns illness to... See full summary »
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
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What it lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in sheer energy!
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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