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The Bette Davis Project: Front Page Woman (1935)

Ellen Garfield (Bette Davis) is an ambitious reporter who is tired of playing second fiddle to her male counterparts. Rival newsman Curt Devlin (George Brent, … 254 more words

Hollywood's Golden Age

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

This 1941 “screwball comedy” was the first of two comedies that Alfred Hitchcock directed during his long and distinguished career, the other being the black comedy, “The Trouble with Harry.”  The script, by Academy Award winning screenwriter Norman Krasna, found its way to Carole Lombard, the actress who actually gave the name “screwball” to this kind of comedy, and she backed the project.  769 more words

Movie Reviews

Criterion: It Happened One Night, Frank Capra, 1934

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll come clean that I’m not a Capra fanatic. That’s not to say that I don’t have tremendous respectful for him as a talented and influential filmmaker, and I like most of his films, even if I do not love them. 1,217 more words


Actress needed

ACTRESS NEEDED!! The Basement Bar Players are looking for someone to play the part of “Sarah Beautemps” a substantial, comedic character in my original play titled “The Prize”. 126 more words

I Wrote This!

Honeymoon Lodge, 1943 (***)

Very Good B-unit Product.

This is a surprisingly solid B-unit rip-off of The Awful Truth (1937) and its recycling into My Favorite Wife (1940). The films share a number of common elements including a distressed marriage, a get-away-from-it-all lodge, the ‘other woman’ and ‘other man’ who really aren’t, and a comical judge.The film has snappy dialogue, funny gags, and some good music. 181 more words

David Bruce

The 8 People You Meet in a Screwball Comedy

This week, the Criterion Collection released a sparkling new Blu-ray and DVD edition of Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night, best known as one of only three movies (along with… 1,069 more words


Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald - Japanese screwball comedy at its best

Japanese films are not well known around the world for screwball comedy. Global audiences have typically been exposed to their award winning samurai films, anime, yakuza films and contemporary dramas. 915 more words