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Twentieth Century

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Howard Hawks

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About the Movie

After finding her working as a department store salesclerk, Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) makes Lily Garland (Carole Lombard) a star. The two fall deeply in love, only to have their temperamental and demanding personalities eventually drive them apart, sending Lily to Hollywood where she takes the town by storm. Without Lily, Oscar's career languishes. So when he finds they are both on board the Twentieth Century Limited bound for New York, Oscar sets out to convince her to star in a new show that he's sure will put him back on top. Despite the pressure, Lily refuses to yield, until an accident that leaves Oscar wounded gains both her sympathy and her consent.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There is many a witty remark in this harum-scarum adventure. – Mordaunt Hall, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Casually reverses and undermines its frumpy thesis by validating the effortlessly supple benefits of the seventh art. – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine, Feb 27, 2005

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Customer Reviews

Twentieth Century

John Barrymore at the top of his form. Carole Lombard is the perfect foil for Barrymore as insane director Oscar Jaffe. The supporting cast, including Roscoe Karns and Walter Conolly are perfect punching bags for Barrymore. This 79 year old comedy is as fresh as the day it was made.

Silly Story of Fame

Barrymore plays a over the top narcissistic playwright and Lombard is the unknown girl that he makes a star. Barrymore tries to manipulate her life so she can never leave him. Boy gets girl, boy losses girl, boy gets girl back story. Barrymore is the driving force, everyone else is trying to keep up with him.

Twentieth Century
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1934

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