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The Palm Beach Story

Directed by Preston Sturges with Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Rudy Vallee

Short


The Marriage Circle

1942, U.S. In Sturges’ most complicated take on what he nicknamed “Topic A” (the Production Code-taboo subject of sexual relations), romantic leads Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert are sort of married at the start, and sort of married at the end. In between? Mistaken identities and comic misadventures fly by at a frantically funny pace as cunning Colbert leaves impoverished-inventor husband McCrea for greener financial pastures and meets an eccentric billionaire (Vallee), his man-crazy sister Mary Astor and her Latin lover Toto, who speaks a peculiar Sturges gibberish. For Sturges, that most American of cynics, who was himself raised with money, the American Dream inspired the film’s screwy madness, and it is, indeed, inspired madness. (Adapted from Pacific Film Archive notes).

“The sex comedy reached its most exquisite fulfillment in Hollywood with The Palm Beach Story … Sturges unscrambles this comedy of errors with Shakespearian audacity.” – Andrew Sarris

While You Better Sit Down, The Civilians’ hysterical account of marriage and divorce, plays on the Paramount Mainstage, this program samples cinematic depictions of the comedy—and the awfulness—of marital strife.


The Palm Beach Story


The Palm Beach Story

The Palm Beach Story

October 28 @ 8:15pm

Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center

 

Tickets:

$10. $7.50 for Members and Seniors. $5 for Students. Emerson Students Free.

Ages:

NR

Running Time:

90 minutes

Format:

Black and White, 35mm