The Palm Beach Story is often forgotten when reviewers wax lyrical about Preston Sturges, the writer and driector of this superb film. It may not have the more serious point of Sullivan's Travels, Sturges' most famous film, but I actually prefer the more farcical Palm Beach Story.
The plot is of Geraldine (Claudette Colbert), who tired of the shame of debt, leaves her inventor husband Tom (Joel McCrea), when a rich old man gives her money. She heads off to Palm Beach (courtesy of the drunken Ale and Quail hunting club's private train carriage) to obtain a divorce, encountering on the way an extraordinarily wealthy heir, John D. Hackensacker III, who falls immediately in love with her. Tom, then, follows Geraldine to Palm Beach to win her back.
The plot becomes a bit complicated as all farces do, but Sturges has written a witty script full of absurdity, sarcasm, quotable lines and a very very funny array of supporting characters. The cast consists of great comic actors, such as Mary Astor and William Demarest, who bring Sturges script alive. There may be no deeper layer to this film, but it is tremendously good fun and always has me hooting with laughter.