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The Palm Beach Story
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The Palm Beach Story 1942

From Amazon: Among the earliest writers to set his sights on the director's chair, Preston Sturges brought a frank, unsentimental view of the war between the sexes to his mid-'40s features that exemplify his style, as demonstrated in this prescient 1942 gem. Architect Tom Jeffers (Joel McCrea) and his wife, Gerry (Claudette Colbert), further refine the archetypal Sturges couple--the male embodying strength, idealism, and a certain naivete, the female ultimately stronger, smarter, and (as revealed early on in an astonishing speech by Colbert) clearer-eyed and more pragmatic about the subtext of sex. This giddy shaggy-dog story follows the couple's split,...

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No image existsPreston Sturges
Claudette ColbertClaudette Colbert
Joel McCreaJoel McCrea
No image existsMary Astor
No image existsRudy Vallee
No image existsWilliam Demarest
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The Palm Beach Story Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/5/2007)

Claudette Colbert is great as the wife of a financially struggling man. She decides they must divorce because they cannot live on his paltry earnings anymore and her looks will still save her. Much of the film rests in Colbert's very capable hands (see 'It Happened One Night' (1934), it should be required for anyone who...

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