Got the economy blues? For a recession remedy, consider two brilliantly-scripted Carole Lombard double bills, proven very effective during the FDR years. I recommend these comedies on video too, but there's still value to sharing the giddiness with others in a theater such as the Film Forum, which just launched a Lombard tribute.
Today you can warm up to Twentieth Century (1934) and My Man Godfrey (1936). The former pairs Lombard with John Barrymore as theater people squabbling aboard the titular energy-efficient vehicle. Hilarity ensues! The latter teams Lombard with William Powell, who plays a "forgotten man" she picks off the streets. Hilarity ensues!
Next Friday and Saturday come the quirky To Be or Not to Be (1942), which pairs Lombard and Jack Benny as thespians trying to outsmart Nazis, and Nothing Sacred (1937), which teams Lombard with Fredric March in a Ben Hecht satire of sensationalism. In both films, hilarity ensues!
Here are about ten minutes of Twentieth Century joy!