Classic Comedy Collection

14/11/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 14/11/2005
  |  435 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Five classic comedies from the golden age of cinema. 'My Man Godfrey' (1936) starts with two Park Avenue Brats on a scavenger hunt looking for a forgotten man. One of the sisters (Carole Lombard) convinces a down-and-out (William Powell) to come back to the party with her. He later becomes the family butler, and proves to be much more than the family had bargained for. In Howard Hawks' 'His Girl Friday' (1940), Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is a newspaper editor trying to hang on to his star reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), who is also Walter's ex-wife. Hildy is leaving journalism to go off and marry Bruce (Ralph Bellamy), but an escaped convict hiding behind a desk in the newsroom is the perfect bait for Walter to lure Hildy back to her job - and to him. In 'My Dear Secretary' (1948), budding young writer Stephanie Gaylord (Laraine Day) is delighted to get a job working as the secretary for celebrated author Owen Waterbury (Kirk Douglas). But while she expects to breathe the rarefied air of a great literary talent, what she actually gets is a madcap playboy who is constantly chasing the ladies and indulging in all kind of unhinged slapstickery with his lunatic flatmate (Keenan Wynn). Of course, it's not long before the pair fall for each other, but with such wildly different characters does their fledgling love affair really stand any chance of working out? 'Father's Little Dividend' (1951) is the sequel to the popular 1950 film 'Father of the Bride'. Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) has to cope with the prospect of becoming a grandfather. His fears that his peace and quiet will be shattered increase as the big day comes nearer. Elizabeth Taylor stars as the mother-to-be. Bob Hope stars in 'My Favorite Brunette' (1947) as Ronnie Jackson, a baby photographer who aspires to the life of the detective working in the office next door. Following a case of mistaken identity he gets the chance for some real sleuthing, charged with finding the missing Baron Montay. Immediately out of his depth, the wise-cracking Ronnie tries to track down the Baron in a gloomy mansion with the Baroness (Dorothy Lamour) at his side, and soon the two are in all sorts of trouble.