The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story (1942)

As for the opening reels, the principal motivating factor is money. After a deliberately confusing pre-credit sequence (not explained until the film's punch line), Tom Jeffers (Joel McCrea) and Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) are… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 1942
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Time Out

Hilarious, irresistible, impeccably cast.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

In many ways this screwball comedy is a precursor to Some Like It Hot, but with a silkier wit and some gorgeous fashions.

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Variety Staff

This Prestton Sturges production is packed with delightful absurdities.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It should have been a breathless comedy. But only the actors are breathless -- and that from talking so much.

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Sean Axmaker

Leave it to Preston Sturges to create the sexiest and most grown-up romantic comedy of his day.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Chicago Tribune

Sturges' dialogue, as always, is not only sharp, but cutting, delivered with typical flair by the charter members of Sturges' company of actors.

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Eric Melin

It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Written and directed by Preston Sturges ("Sullivan's Travels", "The Lady Eve"), The Palm Beach Story once again shows his knack for… More
Aj V
I remember loving this movie, but from reading the synopsis on here, it didn't remind me of the plot any, so I can't remember at the moment. I want… More
Jim Hunter
A woman separates from her husband so she can gold dig for his benefit. I'm confused by the unanimous approval this film garnered. There are a lot of… More
Stella Dallas
hilarious if a little heartless. colbert makes a charming gold digger. good stuff on the foibles of the idle rich though the ending is terribly contrived.… More
Spencer S.
Madcap, screwball, shenanigans and hooligan antics abound in this, another Sturges comedy. Starring Claudette Colbert, in another of her zany roles, and the… More
Stephen M
<I>"That's one of the tragedies of this life: that the men who are most in need of a beating up are always enormous!"</I> Having… More