The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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As for the opening reels, the principal motivating factor is money. After a deliberately confusing pre-credit sequence (not explained until the film's punch line), Tom Jeffers (Joel McCrea) and Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) are married. "And so they lived happily ever after," exults a title card, "...or did they?" Well, they didn't. After five years of marriage, Tom hasn't raised a dime with his pie-in-the-sky inventions. Using the sort of logic common to Sturges heroines, Gerry decides that
Nov 7, 1942 Wide
Feb 1, 2005
MCA Universal Home Video
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This Prestton Sturges production is packed with delightful absurdities.
Rudy Vallee turns in his best performance as a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker in this brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding 1942 screwball comedy by Preston Sturges.
It should have been a breathless comedy. But only the actors are breathless -- and that from talking so much.
Sturges' dialogue, as always, is not only sharp, but cutting, delivered with typical flair by the charter members of Sturges' company of actors.
Prime Preston Sturges, which means sublime sophisticated zaniness.
Way before there was "Mamet talk" there was "Sturges talk,"--and his humor is sharper pronged and more scathing."
Almost certainly not Preston Sturges' best film, but it very well might be his funniest.
Sturges on the importance of money, sex, and guns -- not necessarily in that order.
Audience Reviews for The Palm Beach Story
- John D. Hackensacker III: I happen to believe that tipping is un-American.
- Gerry Jeffers: Can't you ever learn to be practical? Don't you know that the greatest men in the world have told lies, and let things be misunderstood if it was useful to them. Didn't you ever hear of a campaign promise?
- Taxi driver: Yes Maam.
- Gerry Jeffers: Where's the best place to get a divorce?
- Tom Jeffers: Gerry, for heavens sake!
- Taxi driver: Well most people go to Reno, Nevada, but for my money, it's Palm Beach. This time of the year you've got the track, you've got the ocean, you've got the palm trees. Three months, you leave from Penn Station.
- Gerry Jeffers: Look, I'm in an awful hurry. I haven't got a dime - will you take me there for nothing?
- Taxi driver: To where, Palm Beach?
- Gerry Jeffers: No no, just to the station
- Taxi driver: Oh, sure. Hop in babe.
- Tom Jeffers: Well, if you want a divorce you're certainly entitled to it. I don't know where the money's coming from.
- Gerry Jeffers: Oh the next husband always pays for that.
- Tom Jeffers: Oh, you've got him all picked out, have ya?
- Gerry Jeffers: You're such a child.
- Gerry Jeffers: You'll never make a success with me around - I-I-I'm just a milestone around your neck.
- Tom Jeffers: Millstone.
- Tom Jeffers: Everybody's a flop until he's a success.
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