Monday, April 27, 2009

Screwball Weekend

Here in the big apple over the weekend, it has been more like hot apple pie! Yesterday it hit 90! I'm not complaining, though I hope we have more spring like temps today. It has been lovely to walk around in a skirt and pretty blouse. Hear the birds singing; the fragrance of the beautiful spring trees glide in the air.

In the daytime, I focused on getting as much sun as I can. My nights were spent eating delicious klondike bars and watching screwball comedies with my friend Neo. We watched these two gems : His Girl Friday from (1940) starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and It Happened One Night from (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert which won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor.

Both films are classics full of wit, charm and outrageous fun. I'm not a big Clark Gable fan. He did win me over in It Happened One Night;Claudette Colbert is a personal favorite of mine especially since my mom is named after her. Our favorite of the two is His Girl Friday. It starts out fun and zany and never lets up. Cary Grant is in top form with his charming and scheming Walter in His Girl Friday. Rosalind Russell is just as charming and daffy as Hildy. What is great about these two films are not only the leads are great, it also chock full with a cast of hilarious characters in each film. (If you have never seen the movie Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell, that is a must see too.)

If you have any screwball comedies you love, share with me what your favorites are. I love to hear all. Here are my faves of the classic ones I've seen so far.
My Man Godfrey: William Powell and Carole Lombard (i do love William Powell, must do a whole post about him)
The Philadelphia Story: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart
Arsenic and Old Lace: Cary Grant (again)

To start your Monday off right, here is a trailer for His Girl Friday.

As always, Sweet Dreams to you all.


Sarah said...

Hi Shell,
These sound great! I love 'Arsenic and Old Lace' too. I love 'Bringing Up Baby' with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant and 'Teacher's Pet' with Clark Gable and Doris Day-both hilarious!
Sarah x

Cheryl Lynn said...

I absolutely LOVED Arsenic and Old Lace. I remember many a day and night sitting with my mom watching these wonderful old films. Thanks for reminding me of my own collection. I think I'll pull out All About Eve and Now Voyager this weekend.

Have a wonderfully creative day and thanks for dropping by!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I think my two favorite screwball comedies are 34's "20th Century" with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, and 37's The Awful Truth" with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.

However, as much fun as those are, I'm going to Cheryl Lynn's and watch two of my all time favorite movies. She doesn't know me - think she'll be confused when I show up with popcorn, Raisinettes, and a bottle of Grande Marnier?

Rowena said...

Hi Shell,
Glad you liked the interview. It's not quite screwball, but I watched The Lady Eve this weekend, with Henry Fonda and... ooh, I've blanked on her name. It was very good. And the outfits were to die for... designed by Edith Head.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had a good weekend. I love Carry Grant movies. Recently I watched "Bringing Up Baby" and enjoyed it! Happy Monday!

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