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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breezy, Witty Comedy
A great cast and some snappy dialogue make this nutty comedy about a woman who wants to divorce her husband in order to finance him by marrying a wealthy man, is everything this genre of comedy can be. Preston Sturges wrote and directed this little gem with fast pacing, and lots of little character parts to back up his stars, that help the keep the humor going throughout...
Published on 4 Aug. 2005 by Alejandra Vernon

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3.0 out of 5 stars 30s fantasy
This is an example of two good actors let down by an absurd plot.I
imagine that the producer after a couple of puffs of hash must have thought it a good idea to have put in the time and effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breezy, Witty Comedy, 4 Aug. 2005
A great cast and some snappy dialogue make this nutty comedy about a woman who wants to divorce her husband in order to finance him by marrying a wealthy man, is everything this genre of comedy can be. Preston Sturges wrote and directed this little gem with fast pacing, and lots of little character parts to back up his stars, that help the keep the humor going throughout the film. The generous but deaf Wenie King (Robert Dudley), Sig Arno as Toto, and Arthur Hoyt as the Pullman conductor are among those that make this film take flight.
Claudette Colbert sparkles, and looks heavenly in an assortment of lavish gowns, and Joel McCrea plays her handsome but penniless husband, an inventor whose ideas have never paid off. Enter myopic millionaire John D. Hackensacker III, played with marvelous ease by Rudy Vallee, who goes on a shopping spree when he meets Claudette that includes a very large diamond ring. To complicate matters, Rudy has a sophisticated and lustful sister (Mary Astor in a terrific performance), who sets her heart on Joel, because she has been led to believe he is Claudette's brother.
Victor Young wrote the music, and Rudy Vallee, the legendary "Megaphone Crooner" of the 1930s, sings "Goodnight Sweetheart." Always unpredictable, "Palm Beach Story" is a silly, wacky farce that is written with intelligence, making it a smart and sassy comedy, with never a dull moment between chuckles. Total running time is 88 minutes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers but brilliant, 31 Mar. 2009
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Astor is amazing!, 29 May 2010
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Yes I know it stars Claudette Colbert but watch out for the arrial of Mary Astor as the man eating glamour puss. She is equally wonderful with La Colbert in Midnight (Not yet released on Region 2 ). The plot is mad and complicated but the vintage comedies often whisk along at speed and care more about the set pieces than the story line.There are so many funny set ups in the movie that writing this review makes me want to watch it again. I love the old man with the money who sort of starts the plot rolling - like all the great golden age movies the casting is impeccable. So pop this in the dvd player, forget the world outside and prepare to laugh your head off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ABSURD FUN, 7 Jan. 2015
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Absurdly-plotted comedy about the human absurdity of the relationship between money and sex.

Claudette COLBERT does well in a role that does not really fit her. She is ill-at-ease with slick, fast paced dialogue; preferring to use her cheekily-expressive face to get across the movie’s more censorable elements.

Rudy VALLÉE is brilliant as a mild-mannered millionaire who talks an awful lot of sense about life and business; taking his inherited wealth as it comes – as he does people. Mary ASTOR essays her usual sluttish characterization (based partly on herself) with unmistakable relish and well-meaning gusto. She is silly and superficial, but you cannot help laughing because she is so funny with it. And, as usual with director Preston Sturges, he foregrounds the women as a way of showing how weak and overblown the men are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Mary Astor, 28 Dec. 2013
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There are tiresome moments but also enough highlights coming along to make the little longueurs bearable. It's true that the Ale and Quail Club quickly becomes slapsticky-tedious, but the Weenie King is great as is the sparky relationship between Joel and Claudette. Mary Astor is a motor-mouth-stunner and Rudy Vallee is priceless. So many lines and some of them are hilarious. The complete ignorance of the truly poor is unusual in Sturges's oeuvre but we have to accept that Joel as an architect with a crackpot scheme, and his ditzy beautiful wife (Claudette who might seem just too amused by it all) must stand in for them. Not quite perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Palm Beach Story, 17 Aug. 2013
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One of the best films of the time and brought back loads of memories. One to keep in the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palmy days, 16 Feb. 2015
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Wonderful film, especially the drunken hunters and dogs in the train. Video in good condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colbert at her best, 3 Mar. 2015
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Very funny and well acted comedy well worth a look
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Nov. 2014
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An oldie but funny and clever. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 April 2015
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A very funny classic! Hasn't aged a bit!
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