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USA 1934
Directed by
Howard Hawks
91 minutes
Rated G

3.5 stars

Twentieth Century

An excellent screwball comedy with a fine script by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, as well as other writers including an uncredited Preston Sturges, based on the hit Broadway play, Napoleon, by Charles Bruce Millholland with a terrific performance from John Barrymore as a Svengalian Broadway producer, supported by Carole Lombard as his protégé. Whilst the latter breaks free of his control and becomes a Hollywood star, the former falls on his druthers and needs her help to revive his career.  Most of the action takes place on a fast-moving train, the Twentieth Century bound for NYC, a perfectly apt setting for the cracking dialogue. BH




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