screwball comedies

The Awful Truth

By Irene Dunne, Cary Grant

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A separated couple sabotages each other's love affairs while waiting for their divorce decree to become final.

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Topper

By Constance Bennett, Cary Grant

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George and Marion Kerby, a sophisticated and playful couple, become ghosts and haunt the life of stuffy banker Cosmo Topper.

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The Philadelphia Story

By Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

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A sophisticated screwball comedy, rife with smart dialogue, The Philadelphia Story centers on the society event of the season: the second marriage of icy, judgmental, moneyed socialite Tracy Lord to nouveau riche George Kittredge. Her first husband, suave and devilish C.K. Dexter Haven, complicates matters by finagling wedding invitations for incognito reporter Mike Connor and his photographer Liz Imbrie, to do a tell-all exposé. But Haven's motives for giving the tabloid access to Tracy's big day may not be as mercenary and mean-spirited as they first appear.

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My Favorite Wife

By Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott

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A funny thing happens to Nick on his way to his honeymoon suite. He meets his wife. No, not his bride. He meets the wife that was lost at sea seven years ago and presumed dead.

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I Was a Male War Bride

By Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan

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During a postwar mission in Germany, French army officer Herni Rochard and American WAC lieutenant Catherine Gates find that their mutual antagionism changes into love. They decide to marry just when Catherine is ordered home, which presents a far greater obstacle to Henri than a postponed honeymoon. They soon learn the only way he can enter the U.S. is through the Congressional act governing war brides which leaves the resourceful Catherine only one alternative: disguise her husband as a sister WAC. Howard Hawks directed this movie which gave Grant an opportunity for some of his silliest physical humor.

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His Girl Friday

By Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell

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An unscrupulous newspaper editor uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from retiring and remarrying.

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Bringing Up Baby

By Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

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Katherine Hepburn stars with Cary Grant in this madcap comedy about the giddy heiress in pursuit of a stuffy paleontologist as they both try to recapture her pet leopard Baby. Howard Hawks directed this fabulously silly film.

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