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screwballs ranked

by eugenie de sade

they’re actually not all technically screwballs but it’s ok. none of these movies are remotely bad, just some are great and others are good, and all of them are better than anything judd apatow will ever make.

you can consider this list objective and in fact definitive, although taking into account that anyone susceptible to the mystifying charms of a certain formerly-silent lesbian movie star (known of course as melvyn douglas) will find ninotchka, while not the prototype of screwball or necessarily even the funniest, earns its top ranking in part due to the enhancement from the endless appeal of the finally-laughing star