An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, ... See full summary »
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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
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With parts written to their specific talents, most of the actors required little direction. The result was a relaxed set where the cast felt comfortable trying whatever the script demanded. When Joel McCrea had to fall down a flight of stairs at the end of an argument, Preston Sturges even took the fall for him first, just to show him it was safe. See more »
When John finally introduces himself to Gerry, he is holding his book up, but in the next cut it is in his lap. See more »
Besides being one of the funniest ever movies, Rudy Vallee should've won an Oscar!
Simply stated...one of the funniest, craziest and most brilliant comedies of all-time....for shear laughs....it's Preston Sturges' funniest movies.
You can easily read the plot-line from the other reviewers, but I want to make a point about some of the performances.
Rudy Vallee, previously rather stiff on film, is simply hysterical in this movie. For my money, he should have at least been nominated for the Best Supporting Actor category for the Academy Awards. One of the most brilliant supporting comedy roles I've ever seen.
Mary Astor and Sig Arno are brilliant as well.
It's also amazing that those idiots at Paramount allowed Sturges to slip through their fingers....not long after this film was finished.
It's now available on DVD....a strip-down edition with no features whatsoever...and also part of the Preston Sturges boxset.
By the way, if the frantic opening over the credit are confusing, just note that both of them are identical twins!
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