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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:

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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

Production Co:

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

Preston Sturges's perfectionism slowed down production. He refused to move on to close-ups until he had a perfect master shot, and he would stop and do a new take if an actor changed a word of the script. William Demarest, who appeared in eight Sturges films, would later say, "He had a great memory. If you changed anything, he'd say, 'Wait a minute,' and, goddamn, he was right." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Princess Centimillia: [to "Capt. McGlew"/Tom Jeffers] Are you still talking about that airport? You really take it on the chin, don't you?
John D. Hackensacker III: Why not? If an idea has merit, it has merit. Sentiment and business don't belong in the same bed. After all, grandfather loathed oil, ya' know, it made his eyes water. But that didn't stop him from making millions out of it.
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Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score when Hackensacker talks to Gerry about marriage
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Delirious screwball/slapstick romance
21 December 2000 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

Even more dementedly frantic than The Lady Eve, this film is Preston Sturges's most delirious screwball/slapstick romance, with one of the most amazing bits of comic combustion in the Ale and Quail Club train sequence. It's not as neatly structured as The Lady Eve, but it's filled with hilarious gags, lines, and performances. Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea are remarkably composed and relaxed, but Rudy Vallee, Mary Astor, and all the other performers outdo themselves in energetic tomfoolery. When Vallee complains, plaintively, that the problem with the world is that the men most in need of a beating are usually enormous, or when Astor slyly suggests that she grows on people, like moss, you know you're hearing Preston Sturges's wit at its peak.


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