The Palm Beach Story (1942)

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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.




  • Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  • Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  • Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  • Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  • Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
  • Claudette Colbert and Rudy Vallee in The Palm Beach Story (1942)

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Preston Sturges


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29 June 2005 | Ham_and_Egger
| Is Sturges a cynical humanist or a humanistic cynic?
Only Preston Sturges in the director's chair could tempt me to watch a movie called 'The Palm Beach Story'. Honestly it's not quite as good as either 'Sullivan's Travels' or 'The Lady Eve'... but then those are both gob-smacking masterpieces! As usual Sturges' limpid comic dialogue ripples over some serious themes, money, divorce, ambition. He's light-years ahead at injecting real, actual, honesty into a comedy and still keeping it "madcap". Actresses always seem to turn in stellar performances for Sturges, Claudette Coburn and Mary Astor are no exception. Joel McCrea and Rudy Vallee do their best to be forthright and stalwart, McCrea definitely does it better in 'Sullivan's Travels'.

Try as I may, I can't find the bitterness or cynicism in Sturges' movies that most critics talk about. I don't think those are at all the right words to use, but I can't suggest a substitute. He seems to put into practice the theory that you can laugh at anything, even when it hurts to do it.

Preston Sturges was too much for Hollywood, they couldn't take it.

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