Twentieth Century

John Barrymore, who stars, is quoted as saying, 'I've never done anything I like as well . . . a role that comes once in an actor's lifetime.' It's Barrymore's picture, no doubt of that, with something left over for Carole Lombard, who manages to shine despite practically stooging.

With:
John Barrymore Carole Lombard Walter Connolly Roscoe Karns Etienne Girardot Ralph Forbes

John Barrymore, who stars, is quoted as saying, ‘I’ve never done anything I like as well . . . a role that comes once in an actor’s lifetime.’ It’s Barrymore’s picture, no doubt of that, with something left over for Carole Lombard, who manages to shine despite practically stooging.

Lily Garland (Lombard) walks out on producer Oscar Jaffe (Barrymore) to go Hollywood shortly after he makes her, double, and that happens early in the picture [from the play Napoleon of Broadway by Charles Bruce Milholland]. From then on it’s a chase. Jaffe goes broke trying to land another Lily Garland and Lily goes big in Hollywood. The way Jaffe and his boys try to frame Lily into coming back into the legit fold paves the road for some crazy trouping.

Lombard, looking very well, must take Barrymore’s abuse as his mistress and handmade star for the first few hundred feet, but when she goes temperamental herself she’s permitted to do some head-to-head temperament punching with him.

Twentieth Century

Production: Columbia. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Howard Hawks; Screenplay Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur; Camera Joseph August; Editor Gene Havlick

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: John Barrymore Carole Lombard Walter Connolly Roscoe Karns Etienne Girardot Ralph Forbes

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