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Essentially boring and hard to watch because of its repetition -- the screaming back and forth between Lombard and Barrymore. This has the distinction of loosening Barrymore up and presenting both the principals to the public as different personas, but as a film, it's below average.
The best comedy movie ever made!
I've never seen a movie with more hammy acting in my life. Lombard and Barrymore take over the entire picture, mostly screaming and being very theatrical like divas. There isn't a lot of jokes, but sometimes there's a chuckle here and there.
Strong comedic turn by John Barrymore. Lombard delightful to watch. Great story and fine supporting cast.
Starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Required viewing because this film, along with Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night," this was the film that defined screwball comedy and sparked a craze for the genre that would continue throughout the '30s. Born of the depression, the genre kidded the privileged class by making them seem more than a little crazy, and their antics were enacted by madly stylish actors moving at a furious pace through often ridiculous situations. This was the film in which Howard Hawks introduced what would become a trademark style of delivering comic dialogue -- at breakneck speed, barely pausing to take a breath. Director Hawks also took credit for turning a movie's romantic leads into out-and-out comics for the first time; and, indeed, in Twentieth Century John Barrymore and Carole Lombard clown their way through a pair of the funniest and most entertaining star turns of the 1930s. It was his final great film performance, and her first.
Early screwball comedy with John Barrymore and Carol Lombard having great comedic chemistry.
A bit dated, but good comedy is timeless. The last third is the funniest part.
This is a great satire on Broadway theatre, pre-dating Lombard's roles in Nothing Sacred and To Be or Not to Be, and Joe Mankiewicz's masterpiece, All About Eve. Some may find it a bit one-note and frantic - thanks to scriptwriter Ben Hecht and director Howard Hawks, the pace never lets up. Nobody could play the vainglorious producer better than John Barrymore - in a lesser actor's hands, Oscar Jaffe would simply be a monster, but Barrymore brings a certain poignancy to the role. Carole Lombard more than holds her own as his protegee, a shopgirl turned stage diva in one of the first great screwball comedies; a genre with which she (and Hawks) will forever be associated. And the supporting cast are also sublime.
Boy, what a riot that was.
We saw this as part of the BFI Screwball movie season, it was so great to watch this classic old film with other movie buffs, it's a hilarious romp, and not dated really, people are the same now as they were then.