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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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The Princess Centimillia
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J.D. Hackensacker III
Sig Arno ...
Toto
Robert Warwick ...
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
Roscoe Ates ...
Fourth Member Ale and Quail Club (as Rosco Ates)
Dewey Robinson ...
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Storyline

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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money | train | divorce | love | millionaire | See more »

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Romance | Comedy

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7 November 1942 (USA)  »

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The Palm Beach Story  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1943 with Claudette Colbert and Rudy Vallee reprising their film roles. See more »

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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 »

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Zany Classic
2 May 2003 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Far fetched, but very humorous story of a wife Gerry, who decides to divorce her husband, Tom and go seduce & marry a rich man/widow, but she is only going to use the man to get the money to finance Tom's invention. Gerry does meet a man, one of the richest men in the world, and when Tom confronts the man down in Palm Beach, Tom is immediately introduced to the man's chatterbox, & man obsessed sister, who decides Tom is to be husband number 6 for her. How to get out of this one. Only Preston Sturges could have come up with this one and gotten away with it. Colbert is delightful as Gerry, McCrea as well as her bewildered husband, but Vallee and Astor really steal the show as the eccentric Hackensacker and his sister. Also enjoyable to watch are the Ale & Quail club, with Demarest & Horton's little skeet shooting bet in the pullman car, and Dudley as the old, but delightful Weinie King. The ending though seemed like a plot contrivance to make the film end smoothly, and appease the censors. Rating, 9.


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