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Twentieth Century (1934)

Twentieth Century
7.7 Rating
(47 ratings)
7.9 IMDB rating

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John Barrymore

John Barrymore

Oscar Jaffe
Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Lily Garland aka Mildred Plotka
Walter Connolly

Walter Connolly

Oliver Webb
Roscoe Karns

Roscoe Karns

Owen O'Malley
Ralph Forbes

Ralph Forbes

George Smith
Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Max Jacobs aka Max Mandelbaum
Etienne Girardot

Etienne Girardot

Mathew J. Clark


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Charles Bruce Millholland

Charles Bruce Millholland

Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht

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Overacting at its Finest

9 months ago at Jul 14 18:22
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Every once in a while I may stumble upon a screen performance which leaves an indelible impression, brings me new levels of respect towards a performer, and to even write a review. That’s the effect John Barrymore’s tour de force had on me in Twentieth Century.

Barrymore is an absolute beast as the ego maniac Oscar Jaffe, delivering one of my favourite over the top performances... read more
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career
Release date: 11 May 1934
UPC: 043396106710
Romance (6), 1930s (5), Comedy (5), Screwball (4), 1934 (4), Pre-code (3), Train (3), Actress (3), Director (3), Usa (3), Actors (2), Trains (2), Vintage (2), Drunkenness (2), On-the-road (2), Actresses (2), Comedies (2), Classic (2), Sort (2), Theatre (1)
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“Every once in a while I may stumble upon a screen performance which leaves an indelible impression, brings me new levels of respect towards a performe”

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"John Barrymore's self-parodying, blustery, brooding, jealous, and hammy tour-de-force role as Oscar 'O.J.' Jaffe, a slick, egomaniacal and temperamental Broadway director/producer - and his famous recurring line: "I close the iron door on you"; and the many attempts by Jaffe to get showgirl Mildred Plotka - newly-named and temperamental stage actress Lily Garland (Carole Lombard) to sign a theatre contract with him while both are riding the 20th Century Limited cross-country passenger train, fin"


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Overacting at its Finest

“Every once in a while I may stumble upon a screen performance which leaves an indelible impression, brings me new levels of respect towards a performer, and to even write a review. That’s the effect John Barrymore’s tour de force had on me in Twentieth Century.

Barrymore is an absolute beast as the ego maniac Oscar Jaffe, delivering one of my favourite over the top performances ever and crossing that fine line in comedy of a hateful, disciple character you can’t help but love. In retrospect, Barrymore’s role is a brilliant piece of casting, he had earned the reputation of being a ham actor. When Barrymore asked director Howard Hawks why he should play the role of Oscar, Hawks replied, “It’s the story of the biggest ham on Earth, and you’re the biggest ham I know”” read more

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" Plot: A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career. Genre: Comedy | Romance Director: Howard Hawks Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly"


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" Plot: A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career. Genre: Comedy | Romance Director: Howard Hawks Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly"


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" May 26th Previous Score - 7/10 New Score - 9/10"


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" April 15th I've never been a fan of Carole Lombard, I find here quite annoying (here she did get on my nerves several times), plus I find her bulging eyes creepy =p. But I do admire the energy and willingness she puts into her performances. John Barrymore was phenomenal though, he helped elevate the film above it's minor flaws, particularly the gag about the religious lunatic, I felt didn't work, but I can attribute Barrymore's performance to majority of times I laughed. Edit - My opinion "



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