Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 film Product Information
|Category||Comedies DVDs, Vintage Movies, Compilation Videos, New York City, Comedians/Comediennes|
|Starring||Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Arthur, Rosalind Russell, Janet Blair, Leo Carrillo, Lee Bowman, Herbert Marshall, Lionel Stander, George Tobias, Charles Winninger, Melville Cooper, Adele Jergens, Allyn Joslyn, Brian Aherne, Dorothy Peterson|
|Director||William A. Seiter, Alexander Hall, Wesley Ruggles|
Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 movie was released Aug 04, 2009 by the Sony Pictures Home studio. Volume One includes If You Could Only Cook and Too Many Husbands.
Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 review Product Description
This collection presents four vintage screwball comedies from the golden age of cinema Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 video. In IF YOU COULD ONLY COOK (1935), an unmarried couple (Herbert Marshall and Jean Arthur) poses as husband and wife to get housekeeping jobs with a rich gangster (Leo Carillo) Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 film. In TOO MANY HUSBANDS (1940), a long-missing man (Fred MacMurray) returns home to find his wife (Jean Arthur) married to his best friend (Melvyn Douglas) Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 review. ...See Full Description
Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 movie Product Details
|CD Universe Part number||7947649|
|Studio||Sony Pictures Home|
|DVD Encoding||Region 1|
|Release Date||Aug 04, 2009|
|Running Time||336 Minutes|
|Movie Details||B&W; 2-Disc Set|
Icons of Screwball Comedy - Vol. 1 DVD Features
Full Frame - 1.33
Mono - English
Subtitles - English
Additional Release Material:
1. Ain't Love Cuckoo
1. Original Theatrical Trailers
Feature - If You Could Only Cook
Feature - My Sister Eileen
Feature - Too Many Husbands
Feature - She Wouldn't Say Yes
The Screwball Comedy was virtually invented at Columbia Studios, during the height of the depression. Following the huge success of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934). Columbia would make more of these madcap romantic comedies than any other studio. Typical "Screwballs" features marital mix-ups and plenty of opportunities to poke fun at the wealthy, while allowing audiences to dwell in the luxury of the upper-class. These films also offered some of the best roles for actresses in this period, such as working-girls in a man's world (Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday), or socially liberal gals battling restrictive upper-crust society (Katharine Hepburn in Holiday). A breezy approach to male and female roles was a hallmark of the Screwball Comedy. For this collection, the studio digs deep into its vaults for four classics of the genre.
Jean Arthur stars as a down-on-her-luck cook who charms a millionaire (Herbert Marshall) into playing along as her husband so they can get work in IF YOU COULD ONLY COOK, then as a girl who finds herself legally-wedded to two men (Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas) in TOO MANY HUSBANDS. Another screen legend, Rosalind Russell, shines as the "other" sister who's pretty, young sister (Janet Blair) brings a host of eccentrics through their Greenwich Village apartment in the original film version of MY SISTER EILEEN. Russell then battles her patient's (Lee Bowman) impulses while suppressing her own as a button-down psychiatrist in SHE WOULDN'T SAY YES.
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