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Twentieth Century (1934)



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Despite his successful efforts at turning her into a star, theatrical producer Oscar Jaffe is persona non grata to actress Lily Garland - a situation that he attempts to fix when a coincidence places the two aboard the same train.

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John Barrymore
as Oscar Jaffe
Carole Lombard
as Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland
Roscoe Karns
as Owen O'Malley
Walter Connolly
as Oliver Webb
Ralph Forbes
as George Smith
Etienne Girardot
as Matthew J. Clark
Herman Bing
as Bearded Man
Lee Kohlmar
as Bearded Man
James P. Burtis
as Train Conductor
Charles Lane
as Max Jacobs
Edgar Kennedy
as McGonigle
Gigi Parrish
as Schultz
Fred Kelsey
as Detective
Pat Flaherty
as Flannigan
Nick Copeland
as Treasurer
Sherry Hall
as Reporter
Howard Hickman
as Dr. Johnson
James Burke
as Chicago Detective
Clarence Geldert
as Southern Colonel
Lillian West
as Charwoman
King Mojave
as McGonigle's Assistant
Eddy Chandler
as Cameraman
Ted Offenbecker
as Stage Carpenter
Lynton Brent
as Train Secretary
George H. Reed
as Uncle Remus
Anita Brown
as Stage Show Girl
Irene Thompson
as Stage Actress
George Offerman Jr.
as Stage Carpenter
Buddy Williams
as Stage Actor
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Critic Reviews for Twentieth Century

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.

February 11, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A shining example of moviemaking magnificence.

June 25, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Casually reverses and undermines its frumpy thesis by validating the effortlessly supple benefits of the seventh art.

February 26, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There is many a witty remark in this harum-scarum adventure.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was the first of Hawks' three immortal screwball goldmines,

March 11, 2003 | Full Review…

The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage.

July 28, 2002

Audience Reviews for Twentieth Century


John Barrymore and Carole Lombard ham it up as thespians who are each other's best audience ... and maybe the only audience the other cares for. The one liners zing like hail in a storm.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A pretty funny comedy, but very predictable.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

great early screwball comedy with a hilarious performance by john barrymore as a hammy broadway producer and carole lombard as his adorable diva. hawks soon perfected his rapid-fire style with bringing up baby and his girl friday

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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