Starring Carole Lombard

Starring Carole Lombard

11 Episodes

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.

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Starring Carole Lombard
  • Starring Carole Lombard Teaser

    Episode 1

  • No Man of Her Own

    Episode 2

    Directed by Wesley Ruggles • 1932 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill

    This crackling pre-Code romance marks the only screen pairing of golden-age legends and future real-life Hollywood “it” couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Gable is the cunning card sharp ...

  • Virtue

    Episode 3

    Directed by Edward Buzzell • 1932 • United States
    Starring Carole Lombard, Pat O’Brien, Mayo Methot

    In this very pre-Code drama, streetwalker Mae (Carole Lombard) is arrested for soliciting and ordered to leave New York or face jail time. Though she has no intention of complying, Mae has second ...

  • Hands Across the Table

    Episode 4

    Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1935 • United States
    Starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy

    Mitchell Leisen first revealed his flair for screwball with this chic romantic comedy. Carole Lombard is hotel manicurist Regi Allen, whose plan to snag a rich husband is complicated when sh...

  • 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...

  • Nothing Sacred

    Episode 6

    Directed by William A. Wellman • 1937 • United States
    Starring Fredric March, Carole Lombard, Charles Winninger

    He’s an unscrupulous newspaperman eager to exploit the story of a young woman’s death by radium poisoning. She knows she’s not really dying but can’t pass up a free trip to New York wi...

  • True Confession

    Episode 7

    Directed by Wesley Ruggles • 1937 • United States
    Starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore

    Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) is a compulsive liar whose wild fabrications cause endless trouble for her husband, Kenneth (Fred MacMurray), a scrupulously honest lawyer whose integrity has...

  • In Name Only

    Episode 8

    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...

  • Vigil in the Night

    Episode 9

    Directed by George Stevens • 1940 • United States
    Starring Carole Lombard, Brian Aherne, Anne Shirleyz

    Stepping back from screwball comedies, Carole Lombard displays her dramatic range in this tale of self-sacrifice set in the world of nursing. After she takes the blame for a fatal mistake made ...

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Episode 10

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1941 • United States
    Starring Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond

    Alfred Hitchcock made a rare foray into comedy with this screwball romance penned by genre maser Norman Krasna. It was the director’s eagerness to work with star Carole Lombard that led h...

  • To Be or Not to Be

    Episode 11

    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 ...