DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #4 (FROM TOP HAT) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 9, 2018 We see the battle played out in many forms: the attire-Ginger is dressed in pants and not a flowing gown; the dance-we see each lead or follow at various points and playfully trying to out do or match the other. While we see the clothes, characters and scenery to give the audience an escape from reality, this offers the tension of love - we see it's impact on the characters and it's evolution. While still remaining true to the code. Screwball comedy musical sets the tone for what to expect - at this time women were becoming more independent, free and in control. This was not entirely on their own, if I remember correctly it was during this time that men, due to the depression, were abandoning their families and women were in the workforce and found themselves as the head of household. Also, women had just been granted the right to vote just years before-this also I'm sure had an impact on film portrayals.