Screwball Comedies

The Screwball Comedy came into existence in the 1930s probably with the release of It Happened One Night (1934). They are a unique type of romantic comedy prevalent in the 30s and early 1940s. Often the plot revolved around bizarre, crazy, or extravagant scenarios having to do with the love interests. Often the male character is challenged or humor can be found in class conflict. They are seen as escapist films that allowed Great Depression and World War II audiences to get away from their difficult lives in order to have some laughs and enjoy some fantastical situation. A number of directors including Preston Sturges, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, George Cukor, and Frank Capra all had successes in this genre.

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