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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gerry Jeffers
... Tom Jeffers
... The Princess Centimillia
... J.D. Hackensacker III
... Toto
... Mr. Hinch
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Mr. Osmond
... Dr. Kluck
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Asweld
... Mr. McKeewie
... First Member Ale and Quail Club
... Second Member Ale and Quail Club
... Third Member Ale and Quail Club
... Fourth Member Ale and Quail Club (as Rosco Ates)
... Fifth Member Ale and Quail Club
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Atemlos nach Florida  »

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The film premièred in England before it opened in the U.S. In summer 1942 it was warmly received there as a welcome respite from the grim wartime news. See more »

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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: [spoken very fast] Look at that very handsome man. I wonder who he is. I don't think I've seen him around before. I thought I knew all the handsome men in this village.
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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
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A song loosely based on 'Good Night Ladies' (1847) by Edwin P. Christy
Sung the Ale and Quail Club members
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One classic film that doesn't resonate with me.
1 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

I hate to speak ill of any movie made before my time that's regarded as a classic and is an AFI award winner(# 77 on it's 100 funniest movies list),but this film just did not resonate with me at all.I found the plot utterly ridiculous.The two leads were incompatible.I hate to use the word "stupid",but it's the only word I can muster for the film's ending.This was my first viewing of any film starring most of the cast here,and while I'm sure they were great in other films,there was just no magic here,at least not for me.I can think of a few films that are more deserving of a placement in the above mentioned AFI list than this.


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