The Palm Beach Story

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As for the opening reels, the principal motivating factor is money. After a deliberately confusing pre-credit sequence not explained until the film's punch line, Tom Jeffers Joel McCrea and Gerry Jeffers Claudette Colbert are married. "And so they lived happily ever after," exults a title card, ."..or did they?" Well, they didn't. After five years of marriage, Tom hasn't raised a dime with his pie-in-the-sky inventions. Using the sort of logic common to Sturges heroines, Gerry decides that the only way to help ...
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As for the opening reels, the principal motivating factor is money. After a deliberately confusing pre-credit sequence not explained until the film's punch line, Tom Jeffers Joel McCrea and Gerry Jeffers Claudette Colbert are married. "And so they lived happily ever after," exults a title card, ."..or did they?" Well, they didn't. After five years of marriage, Tom hasn't raised a dime with his pie-in-the-sky inventions. Using the sort of logic common to Sturges heroines, Gerry decides that the only way to help her husband is to divorce him, marry a wealthy man, and use the second husband's money to finance Tom's schemes. Borrowing money from a generous self-made business mogul known only as the Wienie King Robert Dudley, Gerry boards a train to Palm Beach, FL, where all the rich folk go. En route, she is "adopted" by the Ale & Quail Club, a group of perpetually drunken millionaires whose idea of a good time is to shoot their rifles at everything that moves among the club members are such Sturges regulars as William Demarest, Robert Warwick, Jimmy Conlin, Robert Greig, Jack Norton, and Dewey Robinson. Taking refuge from this rowdy crew, Gerry makes the acquaintance of likeable stuffed shirt John D. Hackensacker III Rudy Vallee, who happens to be one of the wealthiest men in the Western Hemisphere. While Gerry spoons with Hackensacker in Palm Beach, the confused Tom remember him? dallies with Hackensacker's man-crazy sister, Princess Centimillia Mary Astor. How all this straightens itself out is better seen than described, which is pretty much the case whenever one discusses Sturges' singular work, and The Palm Beach Story is vintage Sturges with one side-splitting sequence after another.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/3/2010
  • UPC: 025192055225
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Gerry Jeffers
Joel McCrea Tom Jeffers
Mary Astor Princess Centimillia
Herbert Pryor 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
Wilson Benge Steward
Al Bridge Conductor
Chester Conklin Sixth Member Ale and Quail Club
Frank Faylen Taxi driver
Byron Foulger Jewelry salesman
John Holland Best man
Arthur Hoyt Pullman Conductor
Arthur Stuart Hull Mr. Osmond
Sheldon Jett Members of Ale and Quail Club
John Farrell MacDonald O'Donnell
Edward McNamara Officer in Penn Station
Howard Mitchell Man in Apartment
Charles Moore Porter
Frank Moran Brakeman
Mantan Moreland Waiter in Diner
Victor Potel Mr. McKeewie
Keith Richards Shoe Salesman
Harry Rosenthal Orchestra Leader
Julius Tannen Proprietor of Store
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Bartender
Harry Tyler Gateman at Penn Station
Max Wagner Rough-looking comic
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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