Twentieth Century
Twentieth Century (1934)

Despite his successful efforts at turning her into a star, theatrical producer Oscar Jaffe is persona non grata to actress Lily Garland - a situation that he attempts to fix when a coincidence places the two aboard the same train.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 11, 1934
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

There is many a witty remark in this harum-scarum adventure.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Classic screwball romance between overbearing Broadway producer and his gorgeous but empty headed protege

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the sharpest ever comedy film scripts is turned in by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A shining example of moviemaking magnificence.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

A weird look at an actress with a love-hate relation with her outrageous, dominating director.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.

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Christopher Null

Funny, but it gets too repetitious in the last act and slowly crumbles into the relatively obscure minor work it has become today.

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A pretty funny comedy, but very predictable.
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great early screwball comedy with a hilarious performance by john barrymore as a hammy broadway producer and carole lombard as his adorable diva. hawks soon… More