Preston Sturges: the Filmmaker Collection

Preston Sturges: the Filmmaker Collection

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Director: Preston Sturges
     
 

This modest Preston Sturges comedy stars Dick Powell as an office clerk dreaming of better things and Ellen Drew as his more pragmatic girlfriend. Powell convinces himself that his fortune will be made if he can win a slogan contest sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of…  See more details below

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This modest Preston Sturges comedy stars Dick Powell as an office clerk dreaming of better things and Ellen Drew as his more pragmatic girlfriend. Powell convinces himself that his fortune will be made if he can win a slogan contest sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of Powell's fellow workers decide to have some fun with him; they fake a telegram which announces that he's won the contest. The deception snowballs to the point that even the head of the coffee firm (Raymond Walburn) labors under the misapprehension that Powell has won. When the painful truth is revealed, Powell finds himself broke (because of all the creature comforts he's bought) and jobless, but at least he's retained the love of his wife. A cute deus ex machina to the story appears in the person of William Demarest, the foreman of the "jury" that is judging the slogan contest.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Preston Sturges, one of Hollywood’s great comic directors, gets his due in this seven-movie set, chronicling what may be the sharpest four-year winning streak any filmmaker can lay claim to. Already a prominent screenwriter, Sturges hit the ground running with his directorial debut, The Great McGinty (1940), which earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Brian Donlevy stars as McGinty, a corrupt opportunist who goes from bum to governor until “one crazy moment” of honesty causes his downfall. Sturges established his model for comic gems with this classic -- employing a breakneck pace, whip-smart dialogue, puckish irreverence, and a stable of great character actors (William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore, among them) who could elevate a scene with just a double take. Christmas in July (1940) is a sweet treat as Dick Powell’s Average Joe, believing he’s won a jingle contest, embarks on a wild shopping spree. Romantic comedies don’t get any more screwball than The Lady Eve (1941) and The Palm Beach Story (1942): The former stars Barbara Stanwyck as a con artist who puts the hook into wealthy and naïve Henry Fonda, while the latter offers Claudette Colbert as a woman who leaves her husband (McCrea) to bag a millionaire (Rudy Vallee) so she can support her ex’s business ideas. The same year also saw the release of Sullivan’s Travels, generally acknowledged as Sturges’ masterwork. McCrea stars again, here as Sullivan, a director of frivolous comedies determined to film his great social epic, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (yes, that’s where the Coen brothers got the title). When his own life takes an unexpectedly dramatic turn, he learns the uplifting power of laughter. Also here are Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) -- featuring Eddie Bracken as a misfit soldier whom a garrulous group of Marines take under their wing and present to his hometown as a war hero -- and The Great Moment (1944), a straight-faced biopic documenting the introduction of anesthesia (it was wartime, after all). Sullivan’s Travels, Lady Eve, and Palm Beach all rank on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest films. So, too, does Sturges’ uproarious Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, which is available separately. Like this collection, it’s a library essential for fans of sophisticated comedies that don’t skimp on the laughs!

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
UPC:
0025193112620
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Dan McGinty
Claudette Colbert Gerry Jeffers
Dick Powell Jimmy MacDonald
Eddie Bracken Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith
Henry Fonda Charles Pike
Joel McCrea John L. Sullivan,W.T.G. Morton,Tom Jeffers
Barbara Stanwyck Jean Harrington
Betty Field Elizabeth Morton
Ella Raines Libby
Ellen Drew Betty Casey
Muriel Angelus Catherine McGinty
Veronica Lake The Girl
Akim Tamiroff The Boss
Charles Coburn "Colonel" Harry Harrington
Harry Carey Prof. Warren
Mary Astor Princess Centimillia
Raymond Walburn Mr. Maxford,Mr. Noble
William Demarest Mr. Jones,Sergeant,Eben Frost,Members of Ale & Quail Club,Mr. Bildocker,Muggsy-Ambrose Murgatroyd,The Politician
Alexander Carr Mr. Schindel
Allyn Joslyn George
Bill Edwards Forrest Noble
Eugene Pallette Mr. Pike
Franklin Pangborn Mr. Casalais,Dr. Heywood
Rudy Vallée John D. Hackensacker III
Louis Jean Heydt Dr. Horace Wells
Porter Hall Mr. Hadrian
Eric Blore Sir Alfred McGlennon-Keith
Robert Warwick Mr. Lebrand

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director

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Preston Sturges: the Filmmaker Collection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Sturges is one of the greats.
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