Preston Sturges: THE PALM BEACH STORY

Director Preston Sturges
Year 1942
Starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea and Mary Astor
Run Time 88min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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With a cast and title that misleadingly spell out “Hollywood Romance,” Sturges delivers one of his slyest assaults on the intricacies (and idiocies) of the human heart.

Claudette Colbert (IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT) and Joel McCrea (SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS) are a hapless married couple under the duress of financial hardship. In an attempt to do the right thing, they separate to escape each other...only to end up in the exact same spot: Palm Beach.

From there, Sturges unleashes a full-scale torrent of madcappery and misunderstandings, igniting a screwball powder keg like none other in film history. Egos and asses are bruised as the increasing circle of zany characters stumble from one fine mess to the next. Not just one of the filmmaker’s finest, but one of the most cynically heartwarming movies you’ll ever see in your fool life.

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