Comedies

Comedies

89 Episodes

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Comedies
  • The Lady Eve

    Episode 1

    Directed by Preston Sturges • 1941 • United States
    Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

    Barbara Stanwyck sizzles, Henry Fondabumbles, and Preston Sturges runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoonworthy romance. Aboard a cru...

  • The Palm Beach Story

    Episode 2

    Directed by Preston Sturges • 1942 • United States
    Starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor

    This wild tale of wacky wedlock from Preston Sturges takes off like a rocket and never lets up. Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert play Tom and Gerry, a married New York couple on the skids, fin...

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1932 • United States
    Starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall

    When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis...

  • Tootsie

    Episode 4

    Directed by Sydney Pollack • 1982 • United States
    Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr

    In TOOTSIE, Michael Dorsey lands the role of a lifetime—as did the actor playing him, Dustin Hoffman. This multilayered comedy from Sydney Pollack follows the elaborate deception of a down-on-his-...

  • My Man Godfrey

    Episode 5

    Directed by Gregory La Cava • 1936 • United States
    Starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady

    Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy by Gregory La Cava—a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric, wealt...

  • It Happened One Night

    Episode 6

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1934 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

    Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark...

  • The Awful Truth

    Episode 7

    Directed by Leo McCarey • 1937 • United States
    Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy

    In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each oth...

  • Holiday

    Episode 8

    Directed by George Cukor • 1938 • United States
    Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan

    Two years before stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and director George Cukor would collaborate on THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, they brought their timeless talents to this delectable slice of 1930s...

  • His Girl Friday

    Episode 9

    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...

  • Ball of Fire

    Episode 10

    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 ...

  • Shaolin Soccer

    Episode 11

    Directed by Stephen Chow • 2001 • Hong Kong
    Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man-tat

    Smashing box office records in Hong Kong, kung fu funnyman Stephen Chow’s dizzyingly daffy sports comedy follows a Buddhist martial-arts master (Chow) as he assembles a group of fellow monks to take on the ne...

  • Rhubarb

    Episode 12

    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, ...

  • Diamantino

    Episode 13

    Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt • 2018 • Portugal
    Starring Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira

    When bighearted but dim-witted Portuguese soccer hunk Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) blows it in the World Cup finals, he goes from superstar to laughing stock overnight. His shelt...

  • Gregory’s Girl

    Episode 14

    Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1980 • United Kingdom
    Starring John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Clare Grogan

    The breakout sophomore feature by Bill Forsyth is a lovably offbeat romantic comedy that brought renewed attention to the Scottish film industry. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is an awkward...

  • Me and My Gal

    Episode 15

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1932 • United States
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns

    Snappy dialogue, Raoul Walsh’s dynamic direction, and spirited performances from Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett make this offbeat comic treat one of the small glories of the pre-Code era. New York C...

  • It Happens Every Spring

    Episode 16

    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 17

    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...

  • Bad Night for the Blues

    Episode 18

    Directed by Chris Shepherd • 2010 • United Kingdom

    It’s a holiday to remember—or not—when a young man joins his dotty elderly aunt for a Christmas party at her local Conservative Club, where the wine is flowing, the bingo is heated, and the cracks in the genteel facade start to show.

  • The More the Merrier

    Episode 19

    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...

  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

    Episode 20

    Directed by Preston Sturges • 1944 • United States
    Starring Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn

    Preston Sturges’s uproarious screwball riot pushed the Production Code to its limit with its taboo-testing treatment of sex, marriage, and small-town morals. After a wild night out on the town, GI...

  • Theodora Goes Wild

    Episode 21

    Directed by Richard Boleslawski • 1936 • United States
    Starring Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell

    Irene Dunne established herself as one of screwball’s brightest comedic talents with this exuberant tale of a small-town girl living a double life as the secret author of a scandalous bes...

  • Twentieth Century

    Episode 22

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1934 • United States
    Starring John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly

    Carole Lombard established her genius for screwball comedy with this madcap classic, which practically set the template for the genre. Scripted by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (adapting th...

  • Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife

    Episode 23

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1938 • United States
    Starring Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton

    The great Ernst Lubitsch lends his famously sophisticated touch to this whimsical farce about a spoiled American millionaire who uses his wealth to lure an attractive French aristocra...

  • Hail the Conquering Hero

    Episode 24

    Directed by Preston Sturges • 1944 • United States
    Starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest

    Too embarrassed to admit to his family and friends that he was discharged from World War II because of hay fever, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) is befriended by a group...