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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 1 January 1943 (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.

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writer:

Preston Sturges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Gerry Jeffers
Joel McCrea ... Tom Jeffers
Mary Astor ... The Princess Centimillia
Rudy Vallee ... J.D. Hackensacker III
Sig Arno ... Toto
Robert Warwick ... Mr. Hinch
Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull ... Mr. Osmond
Torben Meyer ... Dr. Kluck
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Asweld
Victor Potel ... Mr. McKeewie
William Demarest ... 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 ... Fifth Member Ale and Quail Club
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atemlos nach Florida See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

£438,200, 3 February 1943
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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On the train: the men with the shotguns shoot out the glass of the same window several times. See more »

Quotes

Princess Centimillia: What's knittin', kittens?
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A Hunting We Will Go
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Sung by the Ale and Quail Club members as they search for Gerty in the train
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Zany, madcap romp!
19 November 2006 | by sschwartSee all my reviews

This little jewel is a madcap romp in the mold of "The Philadelphia Story." Preston Sturges' impressive direction is just light enough to keep things hopping and technically savvy to pull off the zaniness.

There's a lot to like about this movie: the dialogue is both snappy and witty, the costumes are eye-catching, and the acting is inspired.

Now admittedly, a willing suspension of belief and even a temporary romantic bent does help one to enjoy this movie thoroughly. But this is a great result from a delightful blend of Sturges, Colbert and McCrea. (Ah, and the wonderful Mary Astor shines brightly as well).

Of course like many "forget the raging war" films, this one benefits from lots of anachronistic concentration. You almost have to park away the 21st Century to really get the fullest effect of "The Palm Beach Story." So Tune in, turn off the phone and ignore the Blackberry, and enjoy.


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