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Preston Sturges: the Filmmaker Collection

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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: 025193112620
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mixed Media Set / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,425

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Disc #1 -- Preston Sturges: The Great McGinty
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Disc #2 -- Preston Sturges: Christmas in July
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Disc #3 -- Preston Sturges: The Lady Eve
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Disc #5 -- Preston Sturges: The Palm Beach Story
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Disc #6 -- Preston Sturges: The Great Moment
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Preston Sturges

    Sturges is one of the greats.

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