The Palm Beach Story (1942) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • In New York, Gerry and Tom Jeffers are about to be evicted from their apartment for lack of payment after five years of marriage. Tom is an architect and has developed the design of a suspended airport, but can not find an investor and is completely bankrupt. When the aspirant tenant meets Gerry, he says that he is a wealthy businessman from Texas that became rich with his sausage business and he gives US$ 700 to Gerry to pay her debts and start a new life. Tom does not believe that the old man gave the money to Gerry without sex and they have an argument, and Gerry concludes that she is a burden in the life of Tom. On the next morning, she decides to travel to Palm Beach to get a divorce, and marry again with a millionaire to help Tom in his project. She boards a train to Palm Beach, where she is helped by J.D. Hackensacker III. They leave the train and she leans that Hackensacker is one of the richest men in the world. They travel to Palm Beach in his yacht and Gerry meets his sister, Princess Centimillia. But Tom has followed Gerry and she introduces him as if he were her brother. Soon Hackensacker falls in love with Gerry and the Princess with Tom. But a zipper and twins help to solve the situation.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Tim and Gerry Jeffers have been married for about 5 years and live in a lovely Fifth Avenue duplex apartment. The problem is that they don't have much money and are behind in their rent. Salvation comes in the form of Wienie King of Texas who is thinking of renting their apartment. Instead, he takes a liking to Gerry and gives her $700 to pay their bills. When Tim hears of it, he doesn't take kindly to his wife taking money from another man but it's Gerry who decides they have no future together. She decides to head to Florida, marry a millionaire and then finance Tim's big airport project. Aboard the train going south, she meets the very rich J.D. Hackensacker III and the possible solution to her problem. When Tim flies down to Florida, mayhem ensues.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Struggling architect Tom Jeffers and lovely wife Geraldine are at odds because she hates being broke and he won't let her use her sex appeal for his benefit. Exasperation comes to a head when a "Wienie King" slips Gerry $700, and she leaves on a screwball train trip to Florida for a divorce; Tom follows, determined to reclaim her. Enter eccentric millionaire John D. Hackensacker III and his man-hungry sister, to whom Gerry introduces Tom as her brother Captain McGlue...

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
  • Married New Yorkers Tom and Geraldine Jeffers love each other, but money, or lack thereof, is causing problems in their marriage. Tom, an ideas man, needs $99,000 to finance his latest project - the working model of a suspended airport - money which no one is willing to provide. Gerry is feeling like a burden around her husband's neck as she, self-professed, has no marketable economic skills beyond her feminine wiles. So Gerry decides unilaterally to run off to Palm Beach, Florida and give Tom a divorce. Without money, she uses those feminine wiles to finesse her way to Palm Beach via train and yacht. One of those that assists her on her journey is extremely wealthy, single and straight-laced John D. Hackensacker III. Gerry thinks that John may be the answer to Tom's financial backing worries. So when Tom follows Gerry down to Palm Beach, she introduces him to John not as her soon to be ex-husband but rather her single brother, Captain McGlew, who John renames Mac. But with Mac being single and handsome, John's flamboyant and man-hungry sister Maude, also known as the Princess Centimillia, thinks she's found her next husband, just as John thinks he's found his future wife.

    - Written by Huggo
  • 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.

    - Written by Anonymous


This story begins with the wedding of Gerry (Claudette Colbert) and Tom Jeffers (Joel McCrea), and the wedding follows with the caption, "And they lived happily ever after...

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