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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While the opening credits are running a prequel story about the two leads wedding is being shown that is only hinted at in the last few minutes of the movie and the words, "And they lived happily ever after...or did they?". The movie comes full circle at the end to another wedding with the the same phrase "And they lived happily ever after...or did they?" See more »
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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