The Palm Beach Story
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 113.4 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
- Item model number : 1026852
- Director : Preston Sturges
- Media Format : Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : Feb. 1 2005
- Actors : Rudy Vallée, Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Roscoe Ates, Mary Astor
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Producers : Paul Jones
- ASIN : B0006H32DY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,346 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The captivating Claudette Colbert stars as the frustrated wife of struggling engineer Joel McCrea. In a seemingly amicable agreement, Colbert hops a train to Palm Beach where divorces come easy. Desperate to escape a group of obnoxious millionaires on the train to Florida, Colbert hides out in a sleeping car where she meets, unbeknownst to her, one of the world's richest men (Rudy Vallee) who is relentless in his attempt to romance her.Upon their arrival in Palm Beach, Colbert is met by her husband who has come to claim her back only to find that Vallee's man-crazy sister (Mary Astor) is after him! The foursome's story unfolds through intensely humorous dialogue, flirtatious situations and a splendid soundtrack.
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Highpoints include a trip on the railroad with the Ale and Quail Club; an introduction to The Weenie King, on of the funniest characters I know of in any film; Rudy Valee's unexpectedly delightful portrayal of a Rockefeller-like multi-millionaire; Mary Astor's excellent performance as Rudy Valee's sister; and a gentleman of unspecified ethnic origin known simply as "Toto."
The opening credits of the movie are among the most fascinating of the thirties or forties. While the credits are running, we see onscreen an entire prequel somehow involving two sets of identical twins (one set played by Joel McCrea and the other by Claudette Colbert).
Preston Sturges is not the best director the United States has ever produced, but he unquestionably enjoyed the finest five year period of any director we have ever seen. From 1940 until 1945, Preston Sturges enjoyed a run of amazingly crafted comedy masterpieces that by themselves place him on any list of the essential directors. In the late 1930s, Sturges built a name for himself by penning a number of first rate comedy scripts, including the classic EASY LIVING as well as REMEMBER THE NIGHT. Paramount gave him a shot at directing, and he responded with films like THE GREAT McGINTY, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, the great THE LADY EVE, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, THE PALM BEACH STORY, THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, and HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO. But then, suddenly and without warning, his genius deserted him.
But this is one of the best of his best. Just sit back, get yourself pleasant to drink, and have a good time.
In what might be Preston Sturges' best movie (though that's debatable), the Palm Beach Story is definitely one of those movies that you can watch over and over again. If you want to see really cute Veronica Lake in a comedy role, see Sullivan's Travels (though that movie gets slow and a bit depressing near the end, before it returns to happiness).
A lot of previous reviewers mentioned the Ale and Quail Club, as if their scenes were a spotlight in the movie. Quite honestly, I thought the Ale and Quail club were annoying. Thank Goodness their antics didn't eat up too much movie time. The real show stealer for this movie was Rudy Vallee, who plays a stuffed suit with money to burn, with an eye on Claudette Colbert to burn the dough on. Vallee's very practical; very matter of fact, which makes his delivery so damn funny. When it comes time for the movie to introduce the sister of Vallee's character, who's pretty much the polar opposite of Vallee, you'll REALLY start rolling.
Great comedies always have clever dialogue. This movie doesn't waver from that requirement. Colbert is classy and cute. Vallee is hilarious and pathetic. You love watching the characters and you can't help but care about all the characters, which is the mark of a great movie. Slapstick comedy, clever dialogue, and romance. This movie is definitely a winner, and it belongs with your VHS collection. Once you buy it, I'm sure it'll be one of your most viewed videos.
Incidentally, if you like this movie, I suggest getting The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (my favorite Preston Sturges) and The Great McGinty.
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Imagine my surprise when I saw this and realised that 'Some.. ' is just a homage to this brilliant film - the train scene,the boat, the charcter names and so on. AWESOME!
Apparently there is an earlier German version of SLIH. if anyone knows the title, can they let us know please?