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Sir Alfred De Carter suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the concert ends, he tries ... See full summary »
During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
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
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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 König' (the German word for king). However it is meant to be pronounced 'The Oil King,' a pun on the fact that John D. Hackensacker is based on John D. Rockefeller, the president of Standard Oil, who was known as "the oil king." See more »
When John finally introduces himself to Gerry, he is holding his book up, but in the next cut it is in his lap. See more »
Is Sturges a cynical humanist or a humanistic cynic?
Only Preston Sturges in the director's chair could tempt me to watch a movie called 'The Palm Beach Story'. Honestly it's not quite as good as either 'Sullivan's Travels' or 'The Lady Eve'... but then those are both gob-smacking masterpieces! As usual Sturges' limpid comic dialogue ripples over some serious themes, money, divorce, ambition. He's light-years ahead at injecting real, actual, honesty into a comedy and still keeping it "madcap". Actresses always seem to turn in stellar performances for Sturges, Claudette Coburn and Mary Astor are no exception. Joel McCrea and Rudy Vallee do their best to be forthright and stalwart, McCrea definitely does it better in 'Sullivan's Travels'.
Try as I may, I can't find the bitterness or cynicism in Sturges' movies that most critics talk about. I don't think those are at all the right words to use, but I can't suggest a substitute. He seems to put into practice the theory that you can laugh at anything, even when it hurts to do it.
Preston Sturges was too much for Hollywood, they couldn't take it.
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