Screwball comedy is a special kind of comedy genre that became quite popular in America during the great depression. These movies usually had themes of marriage and courtship and sometimes even conflicts between the classes. For a fun night in full of giggles, watch any of our favorite 6 most screwball comedies ever!
“The Awful Truth”
“The Awful Truth” is a 1937 screwball comedy that revolves around a nearly divorced couple who to go great lengths to ruin each other’s new relationships. The movie follows them down a crazy road where they’re constantly suspicious of each other but still can’t really stop loving each other. Overall it’s a joy to watch!
“Bringing Up Baby”
Released in 1938 starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, “Bringing Up Baby” is definitely of the most screwball comedies ever made. David Huxley (Grant) is a paleontologist who makes a mess of his life who meets a crazy heiress that has a pet leopard. Susan Vance (Hepburn) is a potential benefactor that decides she must have him at all costs! This is silly, crazy screwball comedy with a love triangle!
“The Lady Eve”
“The Lady Eve” practically defines the term ‘screwball comedy’! Barbara Stanwyk stars as the beautiful Jean Harrington, a con artist. She plans to con gullible, naïve and wealthy Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) out of his fortune. Instead, she falls terribly in love with him! “The Lady Eve” was preserved in 1994 by the United States National Film Registry because of it being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
“The More The Merrier”
“The More The Merrier” is a 1943, romantic screwball comedy. Its set during the housing crisis after the second World War when a retired millionaire is forced to look for a roommate when his hotel suite is unavailable. The millionaire Benjamin Dingle (Charles Coburn) answers an ad in the paper for a roommate and ends up renting half of Connie Milligan’s (Jean Arthur) apartment. The hilarious incidents that occur when they try adjusting to each other will leave you laughing until your stomach hurts!
“His Girl Friday”
“His Girl Friday” is one of the most screwball and best comedies ever made! It’s fast paced with witty and clever dialogue. Its actors Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are absolutely amazing! The movie is basically a story of how women in the 1940s would deal with choosing between love and marriage and their careers. The movie is chalk full of sexual innuendos, joke and serious dilemmas women in that time faced.
“The Philadelphia Story”
“The Philadelphia Story” is a one of a kind intelligent kind of screwball comedy that just has to be included in our top 6 most screwball comedies! Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, this movie is a must watch. It has everything that you would think a screwball comedy ought to have. It has humor, love and marriage dilemmas and class distinctions. The movie did so well it won 6 Academy Awards.