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Classic Movies - Comedies and Romance

From Charlie Chaplin to the Marx Brothers, the great comedians of classic movies made us laugh. They poked at pomposity, stood up for the little guy, made us fall in love...and threw a lot of cream pies. Learn more about classic old film comedies, romantic comedies and the comic tradition in classic films.

His Girl Friday
My personal favorite of all the great screwball comedies, 'His Girl Friday' is a fast-paced, funny showcase for Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Made in 1940, it's one of the first comedies to explore the conflicts of women in the work force, and skewers both politics and journalism with a merry cynicism.

The Philadelphia Story
The film that revived Katharine Hepburn's flagging career in 1940, 'The Philadelphia Story,' is a witty classic movie that benefits from a superb cast including Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Fine supporting performances round out this story of the foibles of a wealthy society divorcee.

The Marx Brothers' Duck Soup
A political satire that was way ahead of its time, the Marx Brothers' 'Duck Soup' is anarchic, irreverent and hilarious. With rapid-fire one-liners and memorably comic insults, 'Duck Soup' also boasts the immortal mirror scene with Groucho and Harpo.

The Bishop's Wife
Cary Grant plays an angel come to earth in 'The Bishop's Wife,' a Christmas movie classic. The angel is supposed to be answering the prayers of a beleaguered bishop who wants to build a cathedral, but finds himself a bit distracted by the bishop's beautiful wife.

The Great Dictator
'The Great Dictator' was silent film star Charlie Chaplin's first "talkie," made more than ten years after sound first came to the silver screen. Touching, funny and a chilling satire of the Hitler's rise to power,'The Great Dictator' is a timeless plea for human rights.

Marilyn Monore and Tom Ewell Scratch The Seven Year Itch
Marilyn Monroe was already a star when she stood on a New York subway grate in a white halter dress in the iconic scene from 'The Seven Year Itch.' Here's a review of the classic movie that gave us one of the most indelible images of the 20th Century.

'The Apartment' - Jack Lemmon the Lovelorn
Billy Wilder's darkly comic Best Picture winner about an office schnook whose bosses use his bachelor apartment for romantic trysts. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in 'The Apartment,' a smart, bittersweet love story.

'Blazing Saddles,' Mel Brook's Brilliant Spoof
Provocative, crude and hilarious, Mel Brooks' 'Blazing Saddles' is a classic comedy that turns the western movie genre on its head, and takes on racism with daring humor. A side-splitting, raucous spoof like no other.

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with Holly Golightly
A glib, stylish, bittersweet movie romance that defined Audrey Hepburn's film career and established an indelible image of American fashion. With George Peppard, Patricia Neal and a truly wretched bit part for Andy Rooney, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' is still a tasty dish.

'Casablanca' - Bogart and Bergman in a Timeless Romance
'Casablanca' is the movie on just about every "top ten" list in the known galaxy. With Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a great romance, it's a thrilling wartime drama with an unforgettable ensemble cast. Play it again, Sam!

'Cat Ballou' - A Wild Lady Outlaw and her Gang
A pretty school marm, a dastardly villain, a couple of rakish outlaws and a legendary gunslinger round out the western cliches in this great spoof. Lee Marvin won an Oscar for his double role in this classic movie.

'Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
The funniest movie ever made about global nuclear destruction. Peter Sellers plays three roles, including the bizarre 'Dr. Strangelove,' in Stanley Kubrick's classic black comedy of Cold War military machismo and political blundering.

'His Girl Friday'
'Some Like it Hot' wins with most critics, but this is actually my favorite screwball comedy of all time. Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant crack wise in 'His Girl Friday', one of three movie versions of the play "The Front Page." It's fast, funny, moving, oddly sweet and just plain swell.

'It Happened One Night' - Love on a Bus
In the great grandmother of all screwball comedies, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert tussle and tease their way through a witty script, and tempt the blue-noses of the day with double entendre. A great classic movie and a sweet-natured romantic comedy.

'Monty Python's Life of Brian' - Not the Messiah
'Monty Python's Life of Brian' is a merry send-up of old-style Bibilical epics, and a biting satire on religion, politics and fanaticism. Rude, crude and side-splitting funny, it follows the life of Brian of Nazareth, an ordinary guy who is mistaken for the Messiah.

'The Man Who Came to Dinner'- and Stayed
The film version of a smash Broadway play, 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' is a bit stagey, but showcases a terrific cat fight between Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan, and offers a view of bygone Broadway glitterati.

'Sabrina' - Audrey Hepburn in a Bubbly Romance
A bubbly romantic comedy about a chauffeur's daughter in love with a rich playboy. Audrey Hepburn goes to Paris for polish and comes back to charm William Holden and Humphrey Bogart in 'Sabrina,' a classic movie directed by Billy Wilder.

'The Shop Around the Corner' - Retail Romance
A wry and gentle romantic comedy about two people who can't stand each other by day, but unknowingly write soul-stirring letters to each other by night. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in Ernst Lubitsch's charming movie.

'Some Like it Hot' - Cross-Dressing Craziness
One of the funniest screwball comedies ever, 'Some Like it Hot' is sweet bit of comic fluff with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, hiding out from the mob in an all-girl band, and Marilyn Monroe as a dim-but-luscious singer. This movie tops many lists of the best American comic films.

'Young Frankenstein' - Mel Brooks Makes Horror Funny
Few spoofs are as spot-on and funny as 'Young Frankenstein,' Mel Brooks' stylish tribute to the great old monster movies. If you can watch it without laughing out loud, you’re just not human.

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