Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness

Silver Screenings

Carol Lombard is under the weather.Carol Lombard is, uh, under the weather.

Spoiler Alert

You have to hand it to 1930s screwball comedies.

They are, in part, a response to the Production Code (c.a. 1930-67), a set of rules about What Was Allowed in the movies. Screwball comedies wink at audiences while madly skidding around these rules. In a screwball comedy, the question is: See what we did there?

But 1930s comedies also scrutinize society – and still do today. Our Man Godfrey, for example, skewers class differences in America. His Girl Friday observes political interference in the justice system. And here’s Nothing Sacred (1937), a film that tackles the celebrity of the high-profile illness.

In Nothing SacredFredric March stars as a celebrated Manhattan journalist who’s been demoted because he allowed a con artist to embarrass his newspaper. He’s desperate to find a human interest story that will resurrect his career.

The luminous Carole Lombard stars as…

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