February 21, 2024

movies like Bringing the Baby and My man Godfrey They are timeless comedies and outstanding classic films from the early days of US cinema. Skateball comedy was born in the 1930s and gained great popularity as a humorous escape for many Americans of the time. Screwball comedies continued to flourish in the 1940s, for example, with box office hits Howard HawksIts Girl Friday and To be or not to be

The heyday of slapstick comedy may be long gone, but serious movie fans still embrace titles like this Philadelphia Story and Sullivan’s Travels to be among their favorite films. From there Lady Eva toIt happened one nightThese are the 10 biggest comedy screw-ups, by Reddit.


1 ‘The Lady Eve’ (1941)

Henry Fonda sitting at a table with Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve
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Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) is an attractive con artist who sets her sights on billionaire Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) but her original plan goes astray when she falls in love with the shy and picky bachelor. After discovering Jean’s true intentions, Charles leaves her and in an act of revenge, Jean returns to Charles’ life in the guise of Lady Eve Sidwich.

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redditor, rec300including Preston Sturges‘Screw comedy, Lady Eva as one of my favorites, highlighting Stanwyck’s performance as the amazing con artist. Fonda and Stanwyck made three films together and remained friends until Fonda’s death in 1982. According to the TCM host, Alicia MaloneFonda considered Stanwyck her favorite leading lady.

2 ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ (1941)

Joel McCrea sitting in the backseat of a car with Veronica Lake in Sullivan's Travels
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The successful Hollywood director, John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is about his next major film, but he realizes that the film won’t reach its full potential unless it goes through some hardship or struggle. He trades his tailored suits for rags dressed as a homeless man and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, unexpectedly meeting a handsome traveling companion (Lake Veronica).

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Sullivan’s Travels It’s another snarky comedy written and directed by Sturges, but unlike the director’s other films, it wasn’t an initial box office success. The film is now considered a classic and a Redditor, raynicollettehe stated Sullivan’s Travels as it is one of Sturges’ greatest films worth seeing for any fan of the classic genre.

3 ‘To Be or Not to Be’ (1942)

Maria Tura and Joseph Tura listening to Jan Dobosz

When Germany invades Poland, the stage couple, Joseph (Jack Benny) and Mary (Carole Lombard) Tura and their theater troupe are hired to help a young lieutenant (Robert Stack) and his efforts to capture a German spy. Everything goes according to plan until the spy is accidentally killed, and the actors are forced to do some serious improvisation.

Reddit user, jupiterkansaslisted To be or not to be as one of my favorite comedies of all time. according to Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado according to Wes GehringLombard had always wanted to work with the director, Ernest Lubitsch. When he heard that he needed an older woman To be or not to beThe Queen of Screwball Comedy jumped at the chance.

4 ‘His Girl Friday’ (1940)

Cary Grant looking at Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday
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When a tough news editor, Walter Burns (Cary GrantHe meets his ex-wife and investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is getting married again, he tries to move away from a simple and domesticated life. As Walter’s attempts continue to fail, Hildy reconsiders her day job after discovering that Earl Williams, a convicted murderer due for execution, may be innocent.

redditor, carelevels Its Girl Friday As the definitive comedy full of impeccable improvisation by Grant and Russell. according to Peter Bogdanovichbook of Who did the DevilDirector, Howard Hawksit gave the actors creative freedom to ad-lib and improvise lines during scenes. Its Girl Friday It was one of the first films to feature dialogue and is notable for its dialogue between characters.

5 ‘The Mad Miss Manton’ (1938)

Henry Fonda with Barbara Stanwyck standing in the street with a man following them in The Mad Miss Manton
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The heiress, Melsa Manton (Stanwyck), is the leader of a group of girls called the Park Avenue Pranksters, who accidentally stumble upon a stolen brooch and a corpse in an empty house. As the women find themselves involved in a murder, the editor, Peter Ames (Fonda) publishes an article about irresponsible socialites and to clear their names, Melsa begins her own investigation.

Fonda and Stanwyck first teamed up in the crime comedy, “Mad Miss Manton.” According to Redditors, treebytreehundredthe film has great mysteries and comedic performances from Fonda and Stanwyck, highlighting his hilarious ability to act scattered and over-the-top.

6 ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ (1944)

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), the newlyweds return to their family home to tell them the good news and discover a body hidden in the window seat. Mortimer begins to question his three aunts and murderous brother (Robert Massey) and struggles with the possibility that his family may be weaker than he thinks.

redditor, Brensopel5the calls Frank Capra‘s Arsenic and Old Lace full funny movie John AlexanderConvinced hysterical performance as a family member Theodore Roosevelt. Grant’s performance is one of his best comedic roles, bringing out all the facial expressions for hilarious physical comedy and telling jokes better than any dialogue.

7 ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940)

Dexter, Tracy and Mike talking in The Philadelphia Story.
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Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is a Philadelphia socialite who separated from her husband, Dexter (Grant), due to his hard-drinking and demanding personality. As she prepares to marry a rich man, George (John Howard) meets Dexter and a curious journalist Macaulay (James Stewart). Tracy is soon conflicted about her feelings for all three men and must decide who she truly loves.

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Philadelphia Story It received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won Best Screenplay, as well as Stewart’s only Best Actor Oscar. The film is listed as a must see film by several Redditors, among others upchuckfactoronthiswho called Philadelphia Story a well-deserved classic comedy.

8 ‘My Man Godfrey’ (1936)

William Powell next to Carole Lombard, both looking at Gail Patrick as Alice Brady looks at them in My Man Godfrey
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Godfrey () is an unemployed “forgotten man” who is hired by naive socialite Irene Bullock (Lombardy) as her family’s new servant. As Godfrey adjusts to his new job, he unfortunately falls foul of Irene’s spoiled sister, Cornelia (Gail Patrick) who begins to cause problems when he becomes suspicious of his true identity.

redditor, nice bearcredits of Gregory La Cava My man Godfrey As an elite comedy by ex-husband Powell and Lombard. The couple married in 1931 and although they divorced two years later, they remained good friends. In the beginning, universal was wanted Constance Bennett to play Irene, but La Cava would only accept Bennett if MGM loaned Powell the title role. according to TCMPowell agreed to make the film, but only if Lombard would be introduced to him as Irene.

9 ‘Baby Baby’ (1938)

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn staring at a leopard in Bringing Up Baby
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Sharp paleontologist David Huxley (Grant) is trying to make a good impression on Mrs. Random, a wealthy socialite who is considering making a substantial donation to her museum. David meets Mrs. Random’s free-spirited niece, Susan (Hepburn), and falls in love with the scientist he soon marries. As David tries to keep things on track before his wedding, chaotic events such as taking care of Susan and a leopard named Baby threaten to destroy everything.

Reddit user, netphemerhe thinks Bringing the Baby for hysterical comedy and according to Redditors, jupiterkansas, one of Grant’s best comedic performances. It was Hepburn and Grant’s second film together, including four films together Philadelphia Story and holidays. Bringing the Baby It was initially a failure at the box office, but today it is one of the most significant comedies of all time.

10 ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934)

Peter and Ellie sitting next to each other on the side of the road in It Happened One Night
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Heiress, Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) marries a young rebel gold digger and, in an effort to protect him, his family takes him aboard their yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie finds herself in the company of cynical journalist Peter Warne (Clark Gable) who agrees to help her get back to her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story.

According to Redditors, jupiterkansas, It happened one night It is the definitive comedy that was the first of three films to win The Big Five Academy Awards. In the 1930s, Gable was a rising star at MGM Studios, but after upsetting the head of the studio, Louis B. Mayer, was loaned to Columbia Pictures as a form of ostensible punishment. Unfortunately for Mayer, the role that backfired on his plan skyrocketed Gable’s career and won him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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