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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

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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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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

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Gerry Jeffers: You're not a burglar, are you?
John D. Hackensacker III: Oh no, that was my grandfather. At least that's what they called him.
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William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
In the score during the opening credits
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Is Sturges a cynical humanist or a humanistic cynic?
29 June 2005 | by Ham_and_EggerSee all my reviews

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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