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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | | Romance, Comedy | 7 November 1942 (USA)
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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

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J.D. Hackensacker III
Sig Arno ...
Toto
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Mr. Hinch
Arthur Stuart Hull ...
Mr. Osmond
Torben Meyer ...
Dr. Kluck
Jimmy Conlin ...
Mr. Asweld
Victor Potel ...
Mr. McKeewie
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First Member Ale and Quail Club
Jack Norton ...
Second Member Ale and Quail Club
Robert Greig ...
Third Member Ale and Quail Club
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Fourth Member Ale and Quail Club (as Rosco Ates)
Dewey Robinson ...
Fifth Member Ale and Quail Club
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Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Romance | Comedy

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7 November 1942 (USA)  »

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A Palm Beach történet  »

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| (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was to be Carole Lombard's role after she completed They All Kissed the Bride (1942) but her death in a plane crash had her replaced by Claudette Colbert in this film and Joan Crawford in the other. See more »

Goofs

Gerry (Claudette Colbert) is referred to as "tall," "dark-haired," and "long-legged." She is in fact short, blonde, and rather shorter-than-average of leg. See more »

Quotes

Princess Centimillia: [Introducing Toto to her brother and Gerry] This is Toto. Say "How do you do?", Toto.
Toto: [Exuberantly, with thick foreign accent] Greetings!
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Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score when Hackensacker talks to Gerry about marriage
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Delirious screwball/slapstick romance
21 December 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Even more dementedly frantic than The Lady Eve, this film is Preston Sturges's most delirious screwball/slapstick romance, with one of the most amazing bits of comic combustion in the Ale and Quail Club train sequence. It's not as neatly structured as The Lady Eve, but it's filled with hilarious gags, lines, and performances. Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea are remarkably composed and relaxed, but Rudy Vallee, Mary Astor, and all the other performers outdo themselves in energetic tomfoolery. When Vallee complains, plaintively, that the problem with the world is that the men most in need of a beating are usually enormous, or when Astor slyly suggests that she grows on people, like moss, you know you're hearing Preston Sturges's wit at its peak.


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