Screwball comedy sprang to life at the height of the Great Depression. The term screwball coming from the world of baseball, where New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell was famous for striking out batters with a pitch that could flutter and drop, swerve in different directions, and behave in unexpected ways…. That describes the characteristics of good screwball comedy too.In May, Meg Ryan’s Addicted to Love celebrates its twentieth birthday. As I love screwball in general and Addicted to Love in particular, I’d like to celebrate the day. That is why I’m inviting you all to the Addicted to Screwball Blogathon.The iconic movies of the genre: The Awful Truth, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Lady Eve etc, are worth discussing time and again, as are the queens of the screwball scene. Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell and Barbara Stanwyck all found wild success in the genre and I’d love to read your thoughts on a favourite film or particular performance of theirs.There have been several attempts to reinvigorate the screwball comedy, as well as numerous homages to it over the years. Addicted to Love is my favourite example –you might also care to feature Leatherheads, One Fine Day, What’s up Doc? or any other film that comes under the banner, however loosely.If you are interested in participating please leave me a comment below. There are no rules or restrictions and even if you have no idea what you’re going to write about yet, don’t worry. You’ve got nearly 2 months to surprise us all!Just copy and paste one of the banners above into your post and link back to this place on or before the 23rd of May. I’ll create a new post to feature all the articles on the day. Happy screwballing!