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The Screwball Comedy

            Romantic films have always been highly significant as a genre, and it is clear to see why.  In theory, romantic films are great because they are relatively easy to film and consistently bring in a decent audience.  It is a widespread genre, though.  Today, there is no doubt that romantic comedies are a staple of the film industry, the comedic moments appealing to those who might not normally sit through a romantic film.  However, before the romantic comedies popular today were around, there was another, somewhat similar genre – the screwball comedy.  The screwball comedy period occurred relatively early in filmmaking history, starting around the 1930s and continuing for only about ten years, and it is interesting to look at the films made during that time and how they started, shifted, and adapted.

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