The Palm Beach Story The Palm Beach Story

The Palm Beach Story

Preston Sturges

 
The Palm Beach Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1942
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #742

This wild tale of wacky wedlock from Preston Sturges takes off like a rocket and never lets up. Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert play Tom and Gerry, a married New York couple on the skids, financially and romantically. With Tom hot on her trail, Gerry takes off for Florida on a mission to solve the pair’s money troubles, which she accomplishes in a highly unorthodox manner. A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances from its leads as well as hilarious supporting turns from Rudy Vallee and Mary Astor as a brother and a sister ensnared in Tom and Gerry’s high jinks.

Cast

Gerry JeffersClaudette Colbert
Tom JeffersJoel McCrea
The Princess CentimilliaMary Astor
J.D. Hackensacker III Rudy Vallee
Mr. HinchRobert Warwick
Mr. AsweldJimmy Conlin
First member, Ale and Quail ClubWilliam Demarest
ManagerFranklin Pangborn
Pullman conductorArthur Hoyt
ConductorAlan Bridge

Credits

DirectorPreston Sturges
Director of photographyVictor Milner
MusicVictor Young
Art directionHans Dreier and Ernst Fegté
EditorStuart Gilmore
Ms. Colbert’s gowns byIrene
Makeup artistWally Westmore
SoundHarry Lindgren and Walter Oberst

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with writer and film historian James Harvey about director Preston Sturges
  • New interview with actor and comedian Bill Hader about Sturges
  • Safeguarding Military Information, a 1941 World War II propaganda short written by Sturges
  • Screen Guild Theater radio adaptation of the film from March 1943
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek

    New cover by Maurice Vellekoop

Film Essays

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The Palm Beach Story: Love in a Warm Climate

By Stephanie Zacharek January 21, 2015

Money can’t buy love and happiness in Preston Sturges’s classic comedy—or can it? Read more »

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Film Essays

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The Palm Beach Story: Love in a Warm Climate

By Stephanie Zacharek January 21, 2015

Money can’t buy love and happiness in Preston Sturges’s classic comedy—or can it? Read more »


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