At the end of most romances, couples marry, and we are told, “They lived happily ever after.” Or did they? Often, playwrights & screenwriters tell very different marital tales–of infidelity real or suspected, deception, abuse, jealousy, maternal interference, or general wackiness. In this course, you will see five classic Hollywood films drawn from Broadway depicting off-the-tracks marital unions starring, among others, Mary Astor, Lucille Ball, Shirley Booth, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Burt Lancaster, Robert Montgomery, & Spencer Tracy.

  • Another Language (1933), from a 1930 play by Rose Franken
  • Dodsworth (1936), from a 1934 play by Sidney Howard based on Sinclair Lewis’ 1929 novel
  • The Awful Truth (1937), from a 1923 play by Arthur Richman
  • Without Love (1945), from a 1942 play by Philip Barry
  • Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), from a 1950 play by William Inge

This five-session PowerPoint course will analyze these films, place them in historical context, and screen them in large format.