Cary and Irene (THE AWFUL TRUTH)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My girl, CAROLE LOMBARD...The Queen of Screwball Cinema (no offense to Irene Dunne)

I  know that Irene Dunne won the Queen of Screwball Cinema on a poll I did here last year and she beat out Carole over on All Good Things for Favorite Classic Movie Actress but to me Carole is the queen. She is my favorite actress of all time and I just enjoy her movies, especially her screwball comedies, where she was at her best. But Irene is a close second. So here are just some random photos of Carole in her element on this beautiful Sunday morning. Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

EASY LIVING (1937) is a hilarious screwball comedy with Jean Arthur at her best

This is the daffy story of a hard working girl named Mary (the always fresh and engaging Jean Arthur), who has a sable coat thrown on her from a window of a rich man named J.B. Ball (Edward Arnold) who is fed up with his free spending family. Directed by Mitchell Leisen from a screenplay by Preston Sturges, Easy Living is classic screwball comedy at its best. And mistaken scenarios abound as people think that Ball gave his wife's coat to Mary and she is his mistress. Ray Milland is on hand as Ball's son John who of course falls for Mary. Great slapstick scenes are aplenty in this film including a wild food fight that is hilarious. Jean Arthur is excellent in this film as she combines sex appeal, comedy, warmth, and a touch of bewilderment to her character. She is definitely one of screwball comedy's top queens. If you have never seen Easy Living, check it ASAP.