|Contains: bringing up baby stage door philadelphia story to be or not to be dinner at eight libeled lady|
Editor's NoteSix of the most highly regarded comedies ever made appear in this compilation, individually described below:BRINGING UP BABY - A nonstop profusion of hilarious calamities, coincidences, and misunderstandings ensue when an accident-prone heiress turns a sheltered scientist's life upside down. Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant helm perhaps the greatest comedy ever filmed, featuring a script with everything from raucous slapstick to sophisticated drawing room humor, and performances so rich that the movie must to be seen to be believed. Howard Hawks directs BRINGING UP BABY with the control of a master, creating the finest and most definitive example of brilliant screwball comedy ever to reach the screen. So ahead of its time that it was a box-office failure, BRINGING UP BABY feels like it could have been made yesterday--if only two light comedy performers as phenomenal as Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could ever be found again.THE PHILADELPHIA STORY - Katharine Hepburn portrays heiress Tracy Lord, pursued as she prepares for her wedding by an ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a scandal-sheet reporter (James Stewart in his Oscar-winning supporting role). The light comedy, based on the play by Phillip Barry, was first a Broadway sensation with Hepburn, who acquired the screen rights, claimed the starring role, and chose the director (George Cukor), screenwriter, and lead cast. DINNER AT EIGHT - This poignant 1930s comedy features nearly flawless performances by an all-star cast under the deft direction of George Cukor. Based on the successful play by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, DINNER AT EIGHT is the tale of a socially scheming Park Avenue hostess (Billie Burke) who performs a series of clever manipulations to bring about a dinner party for an aristocratic English couple. Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, and both John and Lionel Barrymore show up at the party.LIBELED LADY - A conniving newspaper editor (Spencer Tracy) uses his fiancee (Jean Harlow) and an ex-employee (William Powell) to get the goods on a hot-headed heiress (Myrna Loy) in this superb ensemble light comedy.STAGE DOOR - The Footlights Club, the primary setting for much of the film, is a remarkable creation. The result of a collaboration between director Gregory La Cava, screenwriter Morrie Ryskind, and an outstanding group of tough, smart-talking young actresses played by Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Eve Arden, and Gail Patrick, the film's club is always full of noise, as the conversations overlap and wisecracks come spinning out of the melee. TO BE OR NOT TO BE - A black comedy set in wartime Poland which deals with the members of an acting troupe who inadvertently become involved in the war effort against the Nazis. Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, and a young Robert Stack play the leads in this classic directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch.