Twentieth Century (1934)

Twentieth Century




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Movie Info

Despite his successful efforts at turning her into a star, theatrical producer Oscar Jaffe is persona non grata to actress Lily Garland - a situation that he attempts to fix when a coincidence places the two aboard the same train.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Bruce Millholland, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Oscar Jaffe

as Mildred Plotka/Lily ...

as Owen O'Malley

as Oliver Webb

as George Smith

as Matthew J. Clark

as Bearded Man

as Bearded Man

as Train Conductor

as Max Jacobs

as Sheriff

as McGonigle

as Schultz

as Detective

as Treasurer

as Flannigan

as Reporter

as Dr. Johnson

as Chicago Detective

as Southern Colonel

as Charwoman

as McGonigle's Assistan...

as Cameraman

as Stage Carpenter

as Train Secretary

as Brother in Play

as Stage Show Girl

as Uncle Remus

as Stage Actress

as Stage Carpenter

as Stage Actor
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Critic Reviews for Twentieth Century

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

There is many a witty remark in this harum-scarum adventure.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage.

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A weird look at an actress with a love-hate relation with her outrageous, dominating director.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Classic Film and Television

[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
Turner Classic Movies Online

One of the sharpest ever comedy film scripts is turned in by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht.

Full Review… | July 12, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for Twentieth Century


John Barrymore and Carole Lombard ham it up as thespians who are each other's best audience ... and maybe the only audience the other cares for. The one liners zing like hail in a storm.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A pretty funny comedy, but very predictable.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

great early screwball comedy with a hilarious performance by john barrymore as a hammy broadway producer and carole lombard as his adorable diva. hawks soon perfected his rapid-fire style with bringing up baby and his girl friday

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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