Billy Wilder / Cary Grant / Henry Fonda / Lauren Bacall / Screen teams / Screwball

The Summer of Screwball

Screwballs went with the studio system. They came into their own 1933-1934, peaked late 30’s to early 40’s, but after the war and the end of the decade, lost their mojo. Most of the films I’ve profiled over this summer were made between 1934-1943, a decade long period when contract stars still did what they … Continue reading

blogathon / Cary Grant / Jean Arthur / Screwball

SUTS Blogathon: The Talk of the Town (1942)

“For classic movie lovers, TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars month-long programming event is like Christmas, the Oscars, the Super Bowl, and every Hollywood red carpet gala rolled into one. For 31 days, fans are treated to an embarrassment of cinematic riches – a collection of films featuring the stars we love, the stars we … Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant / Screwball

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) and The Awful Truth (1937)

The marriage plot is a device going back to Shakespeare. A reductive method of teaching Shakespeare posits that “if it ends in a marriage, it’s a comedy.” Reductive because Richard III has some funny bits, but that’s not a comedy, but As You Like It ends in marriages and is less laugh-out-loud than groan funny. … Continue reading