Palm Beach Story

Palm Beach Story

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Director: Preston Sturges

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor

     
 

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Universal has all but dumped Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story onto DVD, at a low list price and features an excellent full-screen transfer (1.33:1) but without bonus features of any kind, apart from optional French and Spanish subtitles and English titles for the hearing-impaired. Still, considering that there was never a really good laserdisc edition ofSee more details below

Overview

Universal has all but dumped Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story onto DVD, at a low list price and features an excellent full-screen transfer (1.33:1) but without bonus features of any kind, apart from optional French and Spanish subtitles and English titles for the hearing-impaired. Still, considering that there was never a really good laserdisc edition of this movie, it's difficult to complain too loudly -- in fairness, the Pioneer laser edition was mastered from a source intended to meet VHS standards, and didn't have contrast or detail half as good as what we have here. And the 88 minute movie has been given a generous 18 chapters which nicely cover the frantically-paced action and plot. But one sorely wishes that this film had been given a commentary track -- it's ripe for it, as one of the funniest screwball comedies ever made.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Palm Beach Story is yet another satirical gem from director Preston Sturges, who gives the story a cynical edge sharper than in other screwball comedies. In 1942, even as the Great Depression was giving way to the war-time economy of World War II, poking fun at the idle rich continued to be a popular comic motif. The film's title is less meaningful to current audiences than it was to moviegoers of the 1940s, when train travel was the most frequent way that people got between cities, and the wealthy of the eastern seaboard rode trains each winter to the warm shores of Palm Beach, Florida. The performances in The Palm Beach Story are uniformly strong, with such non-comic actors as Joel McCrea and Mary Astor showing the diversity of their talents. Claudette Colbert gives one of the best performances of her career, though it is often overshadowed by her work in It Happened One Night.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0025192685224
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
11,952

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Gerry Jeffers
Joel McCrea Tom Jeffers
Mary Astor Princess Centimillia
Rudy Vallée John D. Hackensacker III
William Demarest Members of Ale & Quail Club
Sig Arno Toto
Robert Warwick Mr. Hinch
Robert Dudley Wienie King
Franklin Pangborn Manager
Jack Norton Second Member Ale and Quail Club
Esther Howard Wienie King Wife
Jimmy Conlin Mr. Asweld
George Anderson The Gent
Harry Hayden Prospect
Monte Blue Doorman
Dewey Robinson Fifth Member Ale and Quail Club
Esther Michelson Near-sighted woman
Torben Meyer Dr. Kluck
Robert Greig Third Member Ale and Quail Club
Roscoe Ates Fourth Member Ale and Quail Club
John Farrell MacDonald O'Donnell
Julius Tannen Proprietor of Store
Arthur Stuart Hull Mr. Osmond
Victor Potel Mr. McKeewie
Chester Conklin Sixth Member Ale and Quail Club
Sheldon Jett Members of Ale and Quail Club
Arthur Hoyt Pullman Conductor
Al Bridge Conductor
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Bartender
Charles Moore Porter
Frank Moran Brakeman
Harry Rosenthal Orchestra Leader
Wilson Benge Steward
Frank Faylen Taxi driver
Byron Foulger Jewelry salesman
John Holland Best man
Mantan Moreland Waiter in Diner
Harry Tyler Gateman at Penn Station
Max Wagner Rough-looking comic
Edward McNamara Officer in Penn Station
Howard Mitchell Man in Apartment
Keith Richards Shoe Salesman

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Jones Producer
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [3:02]
2. Hard of Hearing [7:12]
3. Wienie King [6:44]
4. Bad Habits [3:48]
5. Citizen's Arrest [4:22]
6. Chivalry & Chicanery [3:57]
7. The Night Train [3:15]
8. Sausage Business [1:40]
9. Wake Up Call [6:23]
10. On the Hunt [3:07]
11. Thrifty Plan [8:02]
12. Smooth Sailing [4:56]
13. Looking for Husbands [3:30]
14. Sibling Rivalry [2:43]
15. Lovebirds [5:38]
16. Having a Ball [5:35]
17. Good Night, Sweetheart [7:54]
18. Being Noble (End Titles) [5:57]

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