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The Palm Beach Story

1942, Preston Sturges, USA, 88 min.
With Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Rudy Vallée

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  • Sat, Jul 20th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Jul 23rd 6:00pm

"Wholly original and totally screwball...For many viewers, the sequence with the Ale and Quail club is among the funniest in movie history."—Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

While poverty-stricken inventor Tom Jeffers (McCrea) tries unsuccessfully to sell investors on a radical new idea in aviation, his loving wife Gerry (Colbert) begins formulating her own plan to leave her husband for somebody richer who will agree to invest in him. On her way to Florida to file for divorce, Gerry meets J.D. Hackensacker III (Vallée), a shy multimillionaire who falls for Gerry just in time for Tom to show up to make a mess of things. Featuring a psychotically rowdy group of old men known as the “Ale and Quail Hunting Club," THE PALM BEACH STORY finds Sturges pushing his comedy to the outer reaches of absurdity, grounded by Tom and Gerry’s genuinely affecting relationship. 35mm. (CW)

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