The absolutely wonderful Carole Lombard is the subject of the much-anticipated blogathon hosted by Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood, and since I’m a gigantic fan, I immediately signed up for it. I decided to go for a movie that is just ridiculously hilarious and criminally underrated: Howard Hawks’ Twentieth Century (1934).
Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) is a Broadway empresario who is ever so slightly insane. He casts Lily Garland (Carole Lombard) in his newest production, and she becomes an overnight sensation. Together, the two of them rule Broadway, producing hit after hit, even if they drive each other crazy behind the scenes. After a while, Lily decides to go to Hollywood. She becomes a movie star and Jaffe is lost without her. He decides that he needs to get on the 20th Century train to Hollywood and bring her back. What he doesn’t know is that she is on the same train… And thus begins the wackiest train journey you’ll ever see in a movie. Trust me on this.
Twentieth Century is the craziest screwball comedy of all – arguably, I mean, look at the competition! -, and that’s mostly due to the performances of Carole Lombard and John Barrymore. The two of them make one heck of a duo! John Barrymore gives one of the best performances of his career (I still can’t believe he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar), and Carole Lombard…. Well, Carole Lombard is just a comedy genius. Inviable comic timing, flawless delivery and the best facial expressions. Not to mention, the funniest crier! She was so naturally funny, you kind of go like ‘just HOW does she do it?’. She was, without a doubt, one of the greatest comediennes who ever lived and quite possibly my all-time favorite. I mean, is it even possible not to love her?
If you want to read the other entries on the blogathon, click here and have fun!