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The Palm Beach Story (1942) Poster

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In the long dolly shot of Joel McCrea and Mary Astor strolling on the pier from Rudy Vallee's yacht, the director Preston Sturges makes a rare Hitchcock-style appearance as the chubby, mustachioed leader of the crew toting Claudette Colbert's luggage.
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Was to be Carole Lombard's role after she completed "They All Kissed the Bride" but her death in a plane crash had her replaced by Colbert in this film and Joan Crawford in the other.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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In-joke: The character John D. Hackensacker performs the song "Goodnight Sweetheart", associated in the 1930s with Rudy Vallee who plays the part.
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Hackensacker's yacht is 'The Erl King'. This is a play on words and most people read it as 'The Earl King' and think it only refers to the German 'Erl K├Ânig' (the German word for king). However it is meant to be pronounced 'The Oil King'.
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The original title of this film was 'Is Marriage Necessary?,' but this was deemed to contravene the Production Code.
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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.
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