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  •  A few more Depression movies of note (2+ / 0-)
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    Land of Enchantment, dotalbon

    A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned (Sullivan's Travels, Philadelphia Story, O Brother Where Art Thou, Little Shop Around the Corner, etc.) Here are a few more...

    His Girl Friday -- Screwball comedy with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Everybody talks really fast.  Newspapers, politics, love story -- it's got it all.

    The Bank Dick -- W.C. Fields as a henpecked Egbert Souse (pronounced 'soo-zay').

    Not made back then, but set during the Great Depression:

    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, just because I love Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley and the idea of witty people sitting around talking.  The Algonquin Roundtable was that era's version of Daily Kos.

    Ironweed -- with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. Horribly depressing, but still good.

    Miller's Crossing by the Coen brothers. I hesitated to put this on the list, but the gangsters use tommy guns, so it's gotta be set in the 20s or 30s. Speaking of the Coen brothers, Barton Fink isn't quite Great Depression (set at the beginning of WWII), but it has that feel.

    There are only two kinds of people in the world: People who think there are two kinds of people and people who don't.

    by Dbug on Sat May 02, 2009 at 10:41:53 AM PDT

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