Gable and Colbert hitching a trip 
It Happened One Night


FILM-TRIP

THE COMEDY PAGE


Despite a schema that covers comedy from the inception of sound to the present, this page betrays my bias for early comedies, with a few nods to recent movies. Could it be that today we simply don't have talents like Sturges and Lubitsch, Grant and Lombard; that our age is more difficult to satirize; that movies are hard pressed to top what seems to be the inherent lunacy of modern times? Perhaps I do not part easily with wit and satire (both affectionate and biting), with the comical and even farcical aspects of the human predicament that are at the heart of classical comedy.
SCREWBALL COMEDIES
the directors
OTHER SCREWBALL & ROMANTIC COMEDIES
the 30s, 40s and 50s
COLD WAR COMEDIES
the 50s to the early 70s
MODERN
COMEDIES
the 70s to now

CAPRA  
CUKOR
HAWKS 
LUBITSCH 
McCAREY 
STEVENS
STURGES uuu
WILDER 

THE THIN MAN
MY MAN GODFREY  
NOTHING SACRED 
EASY LIVING 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 
AUNTIE MAME
DR. STRANGELOVE...
 
THE GRADUATE 
THE LOVED ONE
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING...
M*A*S*H
HAROLD AND MAUDE
AMERICAN GRAFFITI
 
THE WOODY ALLEN FILMS
THE MEL BROOKS FILMS
THE COEN BROS. FILMS   
CHRISTOPHER GUEST FILMS 

TOOTSIE 
THIS IS SPINAL TAP  
HAPPY TEXAS 
PLEASANTVILLE 
AMERICAN SPLENDOR 
GARDEN STATE 
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE 
KNOCKED UP
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
WOMEN OF WIT GENTS OF HUMOR CAST OF CHARACTERS  
JEAN ARTHUR 
CLAUDETTE COLBERT 
MARIE DRESSLER 
IRENE DUNNE
JEAN HARLOW
KATHERINE HEPBURN 
CAROLE LOMBARD 
MYRNA LOY 
GINGER ROGERS 
ROSALIND RUSSELL 
BARBARA STANWYCK
MAE WEST
W.C. FIELDS
HENRY FONDA
 
CLARK GABLE 
ALEC GUINNESS 
CARY GRANT 
BOB HOPE 
THE MARX BROS.

JOEL McCREA 
WILLIAM POWELL 
PETERS SELLERS 
JAMES STEWART 
JACQUES TATI 
SPENCER TRACY
EDWARD ARNOLD  
RALPH BELLAMY
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WALTER CONNOLLY
WILLIAM DEMAREST 
EDWARD EVERETTE HORTON 
ROSCOE KARNS 
EUGENE PALLETTE 


Colbert and McCrea
The Palm Beach Story


  FOREIGN FUNNIES BRITISH HUMOUR

Fonda and Stanwyck
The Lady Eve

Powell and Lombard
My Man Godfrey

A NOUS LA LIBERTÉ
LE MILLION
BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING
MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT
DIVORCE-ITALIAN STYLE
STOLEN KISSES
LA CAGE AU FOLLE
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
WHISKY GALORE!
THE LADYKILLERS
THE HORSE'S MOUTH
THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN 
PASSPORT TO PIMLICO 
THE WRONG BOX
THE ST. TRINIAN FILMS