vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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The awful truth -- a screwball breakfast (is nothing sacred?)

If you live in the U.S. and get up sufficiently early on Saturday, you can send yourself back to 1937. This time machine comes courtesy of Turner Classic Movies, which is presenting two of that year's funniest films.

It begins at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with "Nothing Sacred," with Carole Lombard starring as a woman "dying" of radium poisoning (as it turns out, she really isn't) who uses her "doomed" status to visit New York and be greeted as a heroine by the gullible press (or, should we say, one gullible newspaper). That's Fredric March with Lombard above in this first feature-length Technicolor comedy, written by the acerbic Ben Hecht and directed by William Wellman.

But that's only the first half. Another comedic classic from '37 comes on at 10 a.m., namely...

Directed by Leo McCarey, this marital farce cemented Cary Grant's stature as a top-rank Hollywood star, with Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy also providing some of their funniest work. (Lombard later played the Dunne role in one of the many radio adaptations of the story.) If you've never seen this film, you're in for a treat; if you have, it's worth watching again.

A nice way to kick off a weekend.

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