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The English Teacher Goes to the Movies Part 6: Screwball Comedies

Our maverick English Teacher and movie buff looks at the screwball comedy. In its classic form, this type of comedy ( it's not actually a genre, any more than film noir is a genre) combines farce, slapstick, romantic comedy, comedy of manners, parody, and satire into a heady mix of outlandish situations, oddball characters, and complete irreverence toward traditional values. As a film form, it started in the late 20s just as sound was coming in, and reached its zenith during the 30s and early 40s. Created by people like Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey, Ernst Lubitsch, and Preston Sturges, to name but a few, it has also inspired more recent filmmakers, most notably the Coen Brothers. Here are 51 films-45 from the classic period, and 6 more recent examples.
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The Patsy (1928)
The Patsy (1928)
2
Private Lives (1931)
Private Lives (1931)
3
The Front Page (1931)
The Front Page (1931)
4
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
5
The Half Naked Truth (1932)
The Half Naked Truth (1932)
6
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
7
Design for Living (1933)
Design for Living (1933)
8
It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
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9
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
10
Twentieth Century (1934)
Twentieth Century (1934)
11
The Gilded Lily (1935)
The Gilded Lily (1935)
12
Cain and Mabel (1936)
Cain and Mabel (1936)
13
Libeled Lady (1936)
Libeled Lady (1936)
14
My Man Godfrey (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
15
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
16
Easy Living (1937)
Easy Living (1937)
17
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
18
The Awful Truth (1937)
The Awful Truth (1937)
19
Topper (1937)
Topper (1937)
20
True Confession (1937)
True Confession (1937)
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21
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
22
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
23
Holiday (1938)
Holiday (1938)
24
Midnight (1939)
Midnight (1939)
25
Ninotchka (1939)
Ninotchka (1939)
26
His Girl Friday (1940)
His Girl Friday (1940)
27
I Love You Again (1940)
I Love You Again (1940)
28
My Favorite Wife (1940)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
29
The Great McGinty (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940)
30
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
31
Too Many Husbands (1940)
Too Many Husbands (1940)
32
Ball of Fire (1941)
Ball of Fire (1941)
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33
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
34
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
35
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
36
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
37
I Married a Witch (1942)
I Married a Witch (1942)
38
Take a Letter, Darling (1942)
Take a Letter, Darling (1942)
39
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
40
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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