Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood

34 Episodes

They don’t make ’em like they used to! Enjoy these classics from the golden age of Hollywood and beyond.

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Classic Hollywood
  • Easy Living

    Episode 1

    Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1937 • United States
    Starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland

    The madcap misunderstandings pile up in this Preston Sturges–penned screwball fairy tale that sparkles thanks to the light touch of director Mitchell Leisen. An effervescent Jean Arthur stars as t...

  • It Happens Every Spring

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lloyd Bacon • 1949 • United States
    Starring Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas

    Baseball goes screwball—and we don’t just mean the pitch—in this breezy sports comedy. Chemistry professor Vernon Simpson (Ray Milland) has virtually no money, so marriage to the daughter (Jean Peters)...

  • Love Is News

    Episode 3

    Directed by Tay Garnett • 1937 • United States
    Starring Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Don Ameche

    A hotshot reporter, a madcap heiress, and a rivalry that gradually gives way to romance? We must be in a 1930s screwball—and a delightful one at that. Steve Leyton (Tyrone Power, in his first top-bill...

  • Rhubarb

    Episode 4

    Directed by Arthur Lubin • 1951 • United States
    Starring Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart

    Legendary feline performer Orangey the Cat stars alongside Ray Milland in this uproariously absurd screwball charmer. When an eccentric millionaire bequeaths his fortune—and his baseball franchise, ...

  • Ball of Fire

    Episode 5

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1941 • United States
    Starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck

    Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper make sparks in this snappy screwball take on the Snow White tale. She’s a burlesque queen with a colorful vocabulary who needs to lay low for a while as the police close in on ...

  • His Girl Friday

    Episode 6

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1940 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

    One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, HIS GIRL FRIDAY stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in fo...

  • The More the Merrier

    Episode 7

    Directed by George Stevens • 1943 • United States
    Starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn

    Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, and Charles Coburn find that three’s a crowd in this delightful screwball romp. Set during the 1940s wartime housing shortage, THE MORE THE MERRIER stars Arthur as Washin...

  • Sullivan’s Travels

    Episode 8

    Directed by Preston Sturges • 1941 • United States
    Starring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake

    Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his pr...

  • Detour

    Episode 9

    Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer • 1945 • United States
    Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage

    From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist ...

  • History Is Made at Night

    Episode 10

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1937 • United States

    Jean Arthur plays a married woman who falls in love with a French headwaiter, much to the chagrin of her possessive and jealous husband.