The Palm Beach Story Overview:

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

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One of the high points in Sturges's career is this screwball comedy starring Colbert and McCrea as a husband and wife whose scheme to finance his inventions leads to a wild excursion to Palm Beach. In a plan that McCrea finds a little too sophisticated, Colbert plans to divorce him and find a rich husband whose money will bankroll his airport design. Into their lives steps the half-deaf "wienie king" (Dudley) - one of Sturges's most eccentric characters in a filmography loaded with them - as well as billionaire Vallee, his carefree sister Astor and her incomprehensible companion (Arno), and a train full of tipsy hunters led by Demarest. The dialogue's snappy, the situation teeter on the edge of insanity, and the whole is a delight.

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


Gerry Jeffers: 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?


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


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Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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.
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.
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