Top 10 Screwball Comedies
10. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
I haven’t seen this movie in years, but I do recall its great humor. One of those movies that you can watch over and over again, and you still laugh as hard as the first time you’d seen it. Also, watching this film made me think of how fortunate Katharine Hepburn was to be adored by such fine men. I mean…come on now ladies, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart? It’s too much!
9. His Girl Friday (1940)
I love the pure humor in this film! Rosalind Russell brings that sassy feminine side of humor in this film, while Cary brings out the harsh fast talking humor–and, well, Rosalind brings out that same kind of humor too. Russell has such a great attitude, and she certainly met her match with Cary Grant. I don’t know how these scripts were written, but, gee wiz. How did they talk so fast?!
8. The Awful Truth (1937)
This movie is great! I love Irene Dunne in this scene, and to be honest with you all, it’s been years since I had last seen this movie as well. Although, watching this, made me fall in love all over again. Irene had this beautiful strength and comedic power in this movie; not to say that Cary Grant didn’t have a part in that.
7. The Major & the Minor (1942)
First of all, may I say that I just love the movie posters from back in the day! Anyway, I have to say that this movie (although, slightly unrealistic) makes me just adore Ginger Rogers. Not only could she dance but she could act in a movie acting like a kid! I don’t know how she did it, but I guess that’s the humor of the film, period. I also just love myself a happy ending.
6. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Monty Wooley! Ann Sheridan! Bette Davis! Can a comedy get any better than this? I love how Bette would stand staring Monty dead in the eye, and laugh! I just know if I were to be in her position, such a sarcastic, witty and funny man would just make me fall to my knees.The way she walked out of that room, ha ha, just too funny! Also, that wonderful Ann Sheridan. Need I say anymore…
5. A Day at the Races (1937)
The creator of comedy. Groucho Marx. This film had me laughing to the point that my heart could have stopped. I decided to post the best scene in the movie. BEST.
4. Midnight (1939)
This movie was prank versus prank in the 1930s. I loved how quickly Claudette Colbert would easily have the power to make Don Ameche look absolutely crazed. And, of course, John Barrymore! He was Colbert’s guardian angel. Also, Don Ameche’s face in the scene above as Colbert talks to ‘Francie’ over the phone. Ha ha!
3. Ball of Fire (1941)
This is only one of the many that I’ve seen over a dozen times; it’s so great! I love that Barbara Stanwyck added some spunk into these Mens’ lives. Especially the young man of the home…Gary Cooper. The love story is great, and the fact that all these ‘old’ men are trying to configure the new future; too funny.
2. Holiday (1938)
First, I need to state [what is already known] that Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant make the most fantastic couple in Comedies. The funniest movies that I’ve seen, all involve, Grant and Hepburn. And if not both, one of them is making the movie the comedy it is! I particularly love that Katharine Hepburn is the star comedian in this film. Girl power!
1. The Lady Eve (1941)
Barbara Stanwyck! Such a hard cookie to bite into. I hope you ladies take your notes when it comes to the great miracles that Ms. Stanwyck would perform. Her power over men, was mesmerizing, and almost confusing! Even to women! This movie I know from back to front, and it is the BEST screw ball comedy!
Alright everyone! Thank you so much for reading. Let me know if this list suits your fancy, and if not, what are some of your favorite Screwball Comedies?