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The Palm Beach Story (1942) was a Romance - Comedy Film directed by Preston Sturges and produced by Paul Jones.

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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

on Jul 1, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

They say “if at first you don’t succeed…get a divorce and everything will work itself out.” Okay, that’s not totally the adage as we know it, but that’s the plan for Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) in Preston Sturges’ delightful tale of love, matrimony, an... Read full article


Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story (1942)

By L? on Jun 10, 2015 From Critica Retro

Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story (1942) No que voc? pensa quando pensa em f?rias? Folga, descanso, divers?o, praia? Pois bem, se existe um filme que combina perfeitamente com f?rias na praia, ? “Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story”, uma deliciosa screwball comedy de ... Read full article


Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story (1942)

By L? on Jun 10, 2015 From Critica Retro

Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story (1942) No que voc? pensa quando pensa em f?rias? Folga, descanso, divers?o, praia? Pois bem, se existe um filme que combina perfeitamente com f?rias na praia, ? “Mulher de Verdade / The Palm Beach Story”, uma deliciosa screwball comedy de ... Read full article


The Palm Beach Story (1942, Preston Sturges)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 22, 2015 From The Stop Button

The Palm Beach Story is a narrative. Director Sturges opens with a rapidly cut prologue showing stars Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea getting married, where he inserts clues for what will eventually be the film’s utterly pointless deus ex machina. Sure, Palm Beach runs less than ninety minut... Read full article


The Palm Beach Story, Preston Sturges, 1942

By Aaron West on Feb 9, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Feb 9 Posted by aaronwest One of the many things I like about Preston Sturges is that he?s all over the place. It is not that he completely defies the Classic Hollywood conventional formula, but that he is not confined to it, and he plays with expectations. Even in the screwball comedy genre, he?s ... Read full article


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J. D. Hackensacker III: Tipping is un-American.


Tom Jeffers: Why is your breath coming faster?
Gerry Jeffers: Because you're squeezing me!


Gerry Jeffers: Isn't it wonderful?
Tom Jeffers: Sensational. But you haven't quite answered my question yet.
Gerry Jeffers: What question, dear?
Tom Jeffers: Why this alleged old man gave you - how much is it?
Gerry Jeffers: Seven hundred dollars.
Tom Jeffers: Seven hundred dollars. Why?
Gerry Jeffers: No reason.
Tom Jeffers: Oh, is that so? He just - seven hundred dollars? Just like that?
Gerry Jeffers: Just like that.
Tom Jeffers: I mean, sex didn't even enter into it.
Tom Jeffers: Oh, but of course it did, darling. I don't think he'd have given it to me if I had hair like excelsior and little short legs like an alligator. Sex always has something to do with it, dear.
Tom Jeffers: I see.
Gerry Jeffers: From the time you're about so big and wondering why your girlfriends' fathers are getting so arch all of a sudden. Nothing wrong - just an overture to the opera that's coming.


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In the long dolly shot of Joel McCrea and Mary Astor strolling on the pier from Rudy Vallee's yacht, the director Preston Sturges makes a rare Hitchcock-style appearance as the chubby, mustachioed leader of the crew toting Claudette Colbert's luggage.
The original title of this film was 'Is Marriage Necessary?,' but this was deemed to contravene the Production Code.
Hackensacker's yacht is 'The Erl King'. The Erlking is a character depicted in a number of older German poems/ ballads as a malevolent creature who haunts forests and carries off travelers to their deaths.
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