7seven Underrated Screwball Comedies from the 1930s

I love classic movies, in fact I own more movies from before 1970 then after.  Actresses like made the 1930s one of the greatest decades in Cinema for screwball comedies.   There are so many popular screwball comedies everyone knows about, here are a few that are less known.

  1. The Rage of Paris (1938) this is a FAVORITE of mine, French actress Danielle Darrieux as Nicole and the dreamy Douglas Fairbanks Jr as Jim.  This screwball comedy is conveniently in public domain and can be easily viewed on YouTube.  An out of work French model has been evicted from her New York apartment, but with the help of her older neighbor and a head waiter at a swanky hotel she is on her way to finding a wealthy husband.
  2. Easy Living (1937) this is not my favorite Jean Arthur movie but it is great fun, she plays opposite Ray Milland in this Screwball Comedy.  When a mink coat falls from a 5th avenue window and lands on Jean Arthurs new hat she gets thrown into the world of a very important man.
  3. The Awful Truth (1937)  this movie includes the AMAZING Mr. Cary Grant, this screwball comedy follows Cary and Irene as their characters go through a divorce.  Sharing custody of a dog keeps them connected, neither really want the divorce, but pride keeps them from speaking up.  One of the best moments in this film is Irene Dunne singing “Gone with the Wind”
  4. First Love (1939) This movie is a Cinderella musical romantic comedy starring Deanna Durbin and Ted Drake.  Deanna is an orphaned college graduate who moves in with her uncles spoiled family.
  5. Midnight (1939) Claudette Colbert and Don Amache star in this screwball comedy of a Hungarian taxi driver who picks up a broke American in Paris.  Realizing she isn’t going to find a job she sneaks out of the taxi and into a invitation only party.  Using an old pawn ticket to sneak in and the taxi drivers last name she claims a royal connection with the help of a wealthy benefactor she continues to live in the upper class world.
  6. Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas star in this film as a waitress seeking a wealthy beau and a English professor who tries to teach her morals using Aesop’s Fables.  When she ends up crashing his wedding party as an unexpected bridesmaid things get all mixed up.
  7. Libeled Lady (1936) This film is packed with talent Myrna Loy, William Powell, Spencer Tracy, and Jean Harlow.  Myrna is a wealthy woman whom newspapers are constantly printing stories about, when she sues the paper, the editor hires a man with low morals to compromise her character.

These movies are all worth checking out

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