In a previous post I list 7seven of my favorite screwball comedies of the 1930s, that have been underrated or just forgotten about. In that post I spoke of several actresses who were the best of the best in this genre, actresses such as Deanna Durbin, Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert, and Jean Arthur these actresses are also a big part of the 1940s cinema. As in all
- It Started with Eve (1941)~ Deanna plays Anne Terry a singer who is trying to make it in the big city but is having no luck, she ends up filling in as Robert Cummings fiancé to meet his dying father played by Charles Laughton. As in all Screwball comedies there is an unfortunate switch. Robert Cummings father makes a miraculous recovery, and he loves Anne, unfortunately he believes her to be Gloria. Now Gloria is mad that Anne is pretending to be her, Robert is mixed up trying to fix everything, and Anne is using her new connections to make it in the music industry.
- The More the Merrier (1943)~ In this movie Jean Arthur is living in Washington DC during a housing crisis, so she rents the extra room to an older man, who in turn rents half of his room to a young and very attractive Joel McCrea. Jean and Joel are attracted to each other however she is engaged, and he is about to leave the country on a secret mission for a couple of years.
- The Talk of the Town (1942)~ Jean Arthur is renting her country property to a Judge for the summer, unfortunately the notorious Leopold (Cary Grant) escaped convicted arsonist and murderer choses that property to hide out in. Jean discovers him the night the judge moves in and allows him to take refuge in the attic, while she procures the job of secretary and cook allowing her to stay and help Leopold.
- Something in the Wind (1947)~ Deanna Durbin plays a radio personality who is mistaken for her aunt with the same name. Deanna is kidnapped by the heir of an estate naming her an unknown benefactor. The highlight of this movie is a song done by Donald O’Connor whose physical comedy is unmatched. Deanna also sings a uncharacteristic song during a fashion show that is a lot of fun.
- The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)~ Loretta Young plays the famous author of a book calling women to be independent of marriage and men, who rides back to the city with a respectable medical professor. When their car is mistaken for the car of newlyweds they end up with a “Just Married” sign on their car. When arriving at her apartment building the media sees the sign and report her marriage. They are forced by her publisher to continue the ruse in spite of their dislike of each other and the doctors fiancé.
- Pot O’ Gold (1941)~ Jimmy Stewart is an out of work musician, seeking the help of his uncle in the big city. His uncle hates music and is a known curmudgeon, who is trying to evict a family of musicians, whom Jimmy gets caught up with.
- Broadway Limited (1941)~ This hysterical movie is a classic mix up Marjorie Woodworth plays an actress traveling on a train with her producer. As a publicity stunt her assistant rents a baby from a friend, however as they go on their journey they discover a baby was kidnapped and they fear they have that baby.