Category: Comedies

Real Love Confessions with William Powell & Jean Harlow

A contribution to the very cool Duo Double Feature Blogathon! Watching two stars as gifted and likeable as Willam Powell and Jean Harlow together is always a treat. Unfortunately, it's a treat we only got to see twice, as Harlow died terribly young, at 26, and at the height of her career.

Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967): The Social Art of Tativille

Tativille looks suspiciously similar to our world but is plainly not. Each object, each line and curve has the potential to come to life at any moment. By the end of the film, no matter how much accidental destruction has taken place (a lot), you are likely wishing his world were the real world.

Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938): A Brackett-Wilder Collaboration

The Brackett-Wilder team have all the parts of a perfect screwball comedy in "Bluebeard"—formal wear, cocktails, witty wordplay, and a married couple slapping, spanking, and biting each other. Nicole De Loisel (Colbert), daughter of Edward Everett Horton’s penniless Marquis, and Michael Brandon (Cooper), capitalist extraordinaire, are meant to be together, like all screwball couples.

The Merry Widow Waltz: Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait

It’s hard to imagine Ernst Lubitsch making something that isn’t a classy, urbane romantic comedy. "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) is an odd duck, though. For example, not many romantic comedies begin in Hell. Yet, it is here that we, and His Excellency, played by the devilish Laird Cregar, meet Henry Van Cleve (smoothie Don Ameche).

“Cactus Flower” (1969): An Unexpected Gem

"Cactus Flower" isn't just "Apartment" through kaleidoscopic love-in glasses; the plot is a post-War screwball comedy, the script full of screwballesque exchanges between men and women. As in any good screwball, the lies people tell or pretenses they create to avoid romantic entanglements finally land them in the arms of their true partner.