I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby…
When I was in college, I had a roommate who loved old black and white films. When she realized that my classic movie knowledge didn’t extend beyond old movie musicals, she told me that we were going to fix that. We made a list, set up a classic film night once a week and steadily made our way through some of the best old black and white movies. I quickly discovered that my favorites were the screwball comedies starring Cary Grant, usually as the slightly confused, but always debonair love interest.
Screwball comedy is a film genre most popular during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. America was suffering through the Depression and World War II and screwball comedies provided a necessary release. Films in this genre often feature fast paced dialogue, the idle rich, mistaken identities and misunderstandings, bickering couples who always end up together, slapstick moments, and one farcical situation after another. Although screwball comedy first gained popularity with It Happened One Night (starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) in 1934, Bringing up Baby (starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn) in 1938 is generally considered the purest example of the genre.
I love screwball comedy because it is zany and silly. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and always entertains. If you need a good laugh, browse through the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!
Kimberly’s Screwball Comedy Picks:
- It Happened One Night (1934)
- Twentieth Century (1934)
- My Man Godfrey (1936)
- Bringing up Baby (1938)
- Holiday (1938)
- His Girl Friday (1940)
- The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)