Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

Get access

(3,321 words)

Screwball (colloquial for eccentric, odd character; in baseball a ball thrown with reverse spin) refers to a form of romantic comedy in US filmmaking that had its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s and was shaped to a large degree by Ernst Lubitsch (1892–1947). In the context of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the slapstick interludes, fast pace, humorous dialogue, and eccentric protagon…

Cite this page
McCormick, Rick, “Screwball”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0789>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

▲   Back to top   ▲