It's arguably the most pivotal picture in Carole Lombard's career, the movie that turned her from a rather directionless all-purpose star into the screen's best-loved purveyor of screwball comedy. And "Twentieth Century" will be part of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival April 6-9 in Hollywood -- which is appropriate, since the theme of this year's event is "Make 'Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies."
"Twentieth Century" will be shown at 9:30 p.m., Friday, April 7 at the Chinese Multiplex 1, the second Lombard film to be shown that evening. The other runs at 7:30 at the Chinese Multiplex House 4, and at first glance seems a bit out of place...
..."Vigil in the Night," arguably Carole's greatest dramatic performance but at the same time not the easiest of filmgoing experiences -- especially for those who love Lombard's comedic turns. So what gives?
"Vigil" here is categorized under "Hey, That's Not Funny," dramatic-oriented movies. Others in that group include "Requiem For a Heavyweight" and "Lady Sings the Blues."
"Twentieth Century" is part of the category "Divorce/Remorse" (and while Lombard's Lily Garland and John Barrymore's Oscar Jaffe aren't officially married in this movie, they might as well be). Others labeled in that manner are the William Powell-Myrna Loy gem "Love Crazy" (1941), at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Egyptian (the same theater where Myrna danced in Sid Grauman's troupe in the 1920s) and Cary Grant and Irene Dunne's classic "The Awful Truth" (1937), noon Saturday at the Chinese IMAX.
The event should be plenty of fun, with plenty of notable guests, and of course there will be a tribute to TCM maven Robert Osborne. Passes remain available, and you can learn more (and purchase one) at http://filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/.
To see the list of announced films, go to http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/. For the complete schedule day-by-day, visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/schedule/04-06-2017/