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The Palm Beach Story

  G HD

Preston Sturges

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This Prestton Sturges production is packed with delightful absurdities. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Sturges' dialogue, as always, is not only sharp, but cutting, delivered with typical flair by the charter members of Sturges' company of actors. – Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This might not be the funniest film of Sturges' brilliant '40s heyday ("The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"), or the most subversively romantic ("The Lady Eve"), or the best made ("Sullivan's Travels"), but it's definitely a censor-baiting treat. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Apr 11, 2015

Fresh: Rudy Vallee turns in his best performance as a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker in this brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding 1942 screwball comedy by Preston Sturges. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 1942

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