1. Bringing up Baby (1938)
The best screwball comedy of all time. It has a leopard, a dinosaur disaster and a stint in jail. Even I haven't managed to get all that into one of my books!
What every man needs - lots and lots of chances to get the romance right! If I ever write a book with an immortal hero I'm definitely going to include some suicide scenes, oh and a driving groundhog. Every romantic comedy needs a driving rodent. It should be a rule. :)
The Welshman steals the show. I have decided that every romantic comedy also needs a dodgy Welshman. A Welshman and a groundhog... I still crack up at the scene where the hero is pretending to be a journalist for horse and hound. Fantastic dialogue and timing. BRILLIANTLY funny!
Love this movie, I even love the muscial remake High Society - but then who wouldn't with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby crooning away. But the original is still the best. Although it doesn't have Louis Armstrong. Damn, I can't decide which I love more...
Okay, so that's it for romantic comedies. I might try and write a post on what I've learned from them to use in my writing. In the meantime, have a great weekend!