Carole Lombard was already a Hollywood veteran when a whirlwind comedic revolution took Tinseltown by storm in the 1930s. The genre was screwball, and it fit Lombard like a glove. In definitive classics of the form like HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, TWENTIETH CENTURY, MY MAN GODFREY, and NOTHING SACRED, Lombard lit up the screen with her vivacious energy and brilliant comic timing (it’s no surprise that Lombard, who was married first to William Powell, then Clark Gable, was an inveterate prankster offscreen, with a famously foul mouth). Though her tragic death in a plane crash at age thirty-three—just after the completion of her final film, Ernst Lubitsch’s audacious anti-Nazi satire TO BE OR NOT TO BE—robbed Hollywood of one of its brightest stars, Lombard endures thanks to her rare combination of chic elegance and infectious irreverence.
Directed by John Cromwell • 1939 • United States
Starring Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Kay Francis
Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, and Kay Francis form a memorable love triangle in this emotion-laden romantic melodrama. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Alec Walker (Grant) finds a shot at true happines...
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1942 • United States
Starring Jack Benny, Carole Lombard
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become ...