Best Comedy Movies of 1957


Love in the Afternoon


Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as the worldly mature Frank Flannagan hoping that l’amour will take hold.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-06-30

Funny Face


A shy Greenwich Village book clerk is discovered by a fashion photographer and whisked off to Paris where she becomes a reluctant model.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-02-13

What's Opera, Doc?

What's Opera, Doc?
Bugs is in drag as the Valkyrie Brunhilde who sits on an overwieght horse. "She" is pursued by Elmer playing the demigod "Siegfried".
Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1957-07-06

Birds Anonymous

Birds Anonymous
In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the best of the object of his desire, Tweety Bird, joins and resolves to quit chasing and eating the canary.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1957-08-10

The Smallest Show on Earth

The Smallest Show on Earth
Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business - a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. Unfortunately they can't sell it for the fortune they hoped as they discover it is falling down and almost worthless.
Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers, Bernard Miles
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1957-04-09

Desk Set


A computer expert tries to prove his electronic brain can replace a television network's research staff.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1957-08-02

A King in New York


Due to a revolution in his country, King Shahdov comes to New York—almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making commercials and meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy's hearings.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde, Oliver Johnston, Dawn Addams
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1957-09-12

Tammy and the Bachelor


An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Brennan, Mala Powers, Sidney Blackmer
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1957-06-14

The Admirable Crichton

The Admirable Crichton
Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household, he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and lady's maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test.
Starring: Kenneth More, Cecil Parker, Diane Cilento, Sally Ann Howes, Martita Hunt
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1957-12-16

Silk Stockings


A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield, an American movie producer.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1957-07-18

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?


To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.

Starring: Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1957-07-29

Les Girls


After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele. A Rashômon style narrative presents the story from three points of view where Sybil accuses Angele of having an affair with Barry, while Angele insists that it was actually Sybil who was having the affair. Finally, Barry gives his side of the story.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1957-01-01

Pal Joey


An opportunistic singer woos a wealthy widow to boost his career.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Barbara Nichols, Bobby Sherwood
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1957-10-25

The Pajama Game


Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won't take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions! Written by A.L. Beneteau

Starring: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw
Directed by: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-08-29

The Prince and the Showgirl


A saucy American showgirl in London is wooed by a roving-eyed Duke, but his estranged son, the young King, interrupts their late supper with politics and angry accusations.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Jeremy Spenser
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Release date: 1957-06-13

Designing Woman


A sportswriter who marries a fashion designer discovers that their mutual interests are few, although each has an intriguing past which makes the other jealous.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1957-05-16

The Little Hut

The Little Hut
Sir Philip Ashlow (Stewart Granger), his neglected wife, Lady Ashlow (Ava Gardner) and his best friend Henry Brittingham-Brett (David Niven) are shipwrecked on a desert island. This potential ménage à trois where the two men compete for the lady's attention is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a fourth inhabitant of the island.
Starring: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, David Niven, Walter Chiari, Finlay Currie
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1957-05-03

One Droopy Knight

One Droopy Knight
Sir Droopalot and Sir Butchalot (Droopy and Butch) vie with each other to kill a dragon that is terrorizing their kingdom. Whoever vanquishes the dragon will marry the king's daughter.
Starring: Bill Thompson
Directed by: Michael Lah
Release date: 1957-12-06

Grin and Share It

Grin and Share It
Butch and Droopy have equal shares in a gold mine. When they finally strike gold, Butch tries to make his share more equal by doing away with Droopy, with no success.
Starring: Bill Thompson
Directed by: Michael Lah
Release date: 1957-05-17

A Chairy Tale

A Chairy Tale
An ordinary looking chair refuses to be sat upon.
Starring: Claude Jutra
Directed by: Claude Jutra, Norman McLaren
Release date: 1957-12-31

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