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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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Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea in Preston Sturges's "The Palm Beach Story"

By Stephen Reginald on Mar 24, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea in Preston Sturges's "The Palm Beach Story" The Palm Beach Story (1942) is an American screwball comedy written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, and Rudy Vallee. The cinematography is by Victor Milner and ... Read full article


The Palm Beach Story (1942): Another Screwy Sturges Freight Train

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 4, 2021 From 4 Star Films

?After you’re married? That’s a funny thing to hear your wife say!” ? Joel McCrea as Tom Jeffers All the timeless Preston Sturges pictures have the pace of a freight train barreling down the tracks in loop de loops and figure eights. The Prologue of The Palm Beach Story sets up a r... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

Gerry Jeffers: You have no idea what a long-legged woman can do without doing anything.


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


Gerry Jeffers: You're not being rude, dear, you're just being yourself.


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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.
In-joke: The character John D. Hackensacker performs the song "Goodnight Sweetheart", associated in the 1930s with Rudy Vallee who plays the part.
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