Twentieth Century

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Hecht and MacArthur never wrote a better film script (or play) than this madcap tale of a theatrical producer chasing after his absconding star. Barrymore was an actor (and a drinker) after their own hearts, particularly since his grandiloquent gestures and delivery were then edging towards self-parody - exactly what the part of Oscar Jaffe, Broadway producer extraordinary, demands. And Lombard's mercurial beauty, Lily Garland, is a perfect match. Thanks to Hawks, the film not only takes place on an express train, it moves like one too.

By: GB


Release details

91 mins

Cast and crew

Howard Hawks
Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
John Barrymore
Carole Lombard
Walter Connolly
Roscoe Karns
Etienne Girardot
Ralph Forbes
Edgar Kennedy
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