Is this Presidential election leaving you feeling a bit screwy? Have you developed uncontrollable nail biting, teeth grinding, or trembling? Well, have I got the thing for you! Immediately acquire a few of the delightful screwball* films listed below and laugh away your political anxiety. Mix with tea and cookies, sandwiches and pickles, strawberries and chocolate, or wine and cheese. Repeat as necessary.
*”Screwball comedies were characterized by social satire, comedic relief through zany, fast-paced and unusual events, sight gags, sarcasm, screwy plot twists or identity reversals, and precisely-timed, fast-paced verbal dueling and witty sarcastic dialogue – blending the wacky with the sophisticated.” (screwball)
The Awful Truth (1937 / 91 min. / Not Rated) A couple (Cary Grant & Irene Dunne) in the middle of divorce proceedings but still in love try everything in the book to undermine each other’s attempts at romance.
Bringing Up Baby (1938 / 102 min. / NR) While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a kooky heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and Baby, her pet leopard.
Holiday (1938 / 95 min. / NR) When a young man (Cary Grant) falls in love with a rich girl, her upper crust family expects him to settle down as a bank executive. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is supported only by his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Katharine Hepburn) and brother.
I Love You Again (1940 / 99 min. / NR) Boring businessman Larry Wilson (William Powell) recovering from amnesia discovers he’s really a con man…and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife (Myrna Loy).
Love Crazy (1941 / 99 min. / NR) A series of misunderstandings lead a happily married couple (William Powell & Myrna Loy) to quarrel and separate. The husband does everything in the book, including posing as his own sister and pretending to be insane, in order to win her back.
Ah, just what the doctor ordered.
Cary Grant, William Powell, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne… all masters of that classic American film genre, the screwball comedy.
Click here to read another blogger’s review of the fabulous Jean Arthur screwball The More the Merrier. One of my all time faves.
Click here to read about what makes a screwball divorce suit à la The Awful Truth.