Though she starred primarily in dramas, Howard Hawks saw something in Lombard, and paired her with the histrionic thespian John Barrymore in this insane comedy. Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (Barrymore) takes a risk and casts lingerie model Mildred Plotka (Lombard) in his newest play. With her new name, Lily Garland, the play is a resounding success, as are their next three pairings. But Jaffe is obsessed, and won't stop controlling Lily, who hightails it to Hollywood, where she becomes a star. Desperate to get her back, Jaffe boards the Twentieth Century Limited, the cross country train carrying superstar Lily Garland, and schemes to get her to sign a contract. Sparks fly, shins are kicked, and the rapid-fire dialogue will leave you laughing and gasping for air in this amazing comedy.
35mm Print courtesy Sony Pictures