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Twentieth Century (3-May-1934)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writers: Ben Hecht; Charles MacArthur

From a play: Napoleon of Broadway by Charles Bruce Millholland

Keywords: Comedy

Broadway svengali Oscar Jaffe meets his former lover, now a success in Hollywood, aboard the train Twentieth Century and attempts to entice her back into his fold. Screwball comedy in the same mould as the later Hawks effort, His Girl Friday (1940). Jaffe is based roughly on real-life director/playwright David Belasco. Entered 2011 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Barrymore
15-Feb-1882 29-May-1942 Romeo and Juliet
Walter Connolly
8-Apr-1887 28-May-1940 It Happened One Night
Ralph Forbes
30-Sep-1896 31-Mar-1951 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Roscoe Karns
7-Sep-1891 6-Feb-1970 It Happened One Night
Edgar Kennedy
26-Apr-1890 9-Nov-1948 Mad Wednesday
Charles Lane
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Carole Lombard
6-Oct-1908 16-Jan-1942 My Man Godfrey


John Barrymore   ...   Oscar "OJ" Jaffe
Carole Lombard   ...   Lily Garland
Walter Connolly   ...   Oliver Webb
Roscoe Karns   ...   Owen O'Malley
Ralph Forbes   ...   George Smith
Charles Lane   ...   Max Jacobs
Etienne Girardot   ...   Mathew J. Clark
Dale Fuller   ...   Sadie (maid)
Edgar Kennedy   ...   Oscar McGonigle
Billie Seward   ...   Anita (Woman on Train)


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