When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?
Sir Alfred De Carter (Sir Rex Harrison) suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the ... See full summary »
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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The original title of this film was 'Is Marriage Necessary?,' but this was deemed to contravene the Production Code. See more »
During the shoot out on the train, the cracker bowl is knocked over. The rod used to knock it over is visible. See more »
...she said that he said that he was going to take her down on his boat. I suppose she means yachit, but I don't see how no gentleman can give me a dime from New York to Jacksonville can have a yachit. Maybe a canoe o' a bicycle. Yassir!
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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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