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Screwball comedy film

The screwball comedy has proven to be one of the most elusive of the film genres. Very little consensus among students of film has been gathered on the film genre conventions that comprise the screwball comedy genre. As a result, the description "screwball comedy" has continued to be used even when a better descriptor would be slapstick comedy film or situation comedy film.

However, some have suggested the genre has several characteristics:

Some characteristic examples: Some actors most common to the screwball comedies:

More recent screwball comedies

Various later films are considered by some critics to have revived elements of the classic era screwball comedies. These include: