Tag Archives: screwball comedy

The etymology of “beazel”

I’d wanted to write last night about Donald Trump’s ever-changing position on mandatory background checks for gun sales, and the pathetic way in which he publicly grovels at the feet of the NRA, but, when I saw that one of my favorite films, Preston Sturges’s delightfully thoughtful 1941 screwball comedy Sullivan’s Travels, was going to […]

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Inherit Mark’s much-loved copy of “To Be or Not to Be”

A few years ago, I decided to invest in a copy of the 1942 Ernst Lubitsch film “To Be or Not to Be” starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard. The brilliantly quirky little black comedy, set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw in the run up to WWII, had long been a favorite of mine, and I’d gotten […]

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On the movie Stage Door, and buying stuff through my Amazon store

I bought a movie on a whim through Amazon the other day. I’d never seen it before, but, from what I could tell, it seemed like the kind of thing that I’d like. Among other things, the cast included a number of actresses that I happen to be quite fond of, including Katharine Hepburn, Lucille […]

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