Never was there a more glorious marriage of sophisticated and silly than the Thirties and Forties Hollywood comedies known as Screwball: romantic comedies with madcap plots, dizzyingly witty rapid-fire dialogue, and sly innuendo designed to evade the censorship of The Hays Code. The classic screwball comedy features a befuddled male outsmarted by a clever woman. So, snake expert (sic) Henry Fonda is no match for the con artist played by Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve (1941); Cary Grant’s newspaper editor struggles to keep up with the golden barbs of his ex-wife (and star reporter) Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940); and the combative chemistry between William Powell and Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey (1937) is a joy to behold, made more piquant by the knowledge that the couple had once been (briefly) married. These are stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood and they deserve to be seen on the big screen, where they can truly work their magic. It may be winter when you enter the cinema, but you’ll leave with a spring in your step.  

All of the films in Screwball Sundays will be introduced by writer and season curator Jon Canter.