The Palm Beach Story

Synopsis: Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Preston Sturges
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Don't worry about me.

This'll be a hot one on the wife. She's down

there poking her snoot in everybody's business,

egged on by that varmint.

- How much do you need?

- Don't be silly.

Will 500 cover it?

Please don't talk nonsense.

I can't hear you. You're mumbling again. You

shouldn't mumble, with such a lovely voice.

I wouldn't do this for everybody.

Look, this joke has gone far enough.

You say that ain't enough? Well, how much

do you need? You're just embarrassing me.

That's all right. Don't mention it. It's a

privilege to do a favor for such a beautiful lady.

It makes me feel young again. There. Oh.

Well, how do you suppose it makes me feel? I

haven't seen anything like this for so long.

You talkin' about the money?

Forget it. I'm cheesy with money.

I'm the Wienie King...

invented the Texas Wienie.

Lay off of'em;

you'll live longer. Here.

Buy yourself a new dress, too,

and a new hat.

You're a fine girl. So long.

Whoopee! Hot diggity!


Give me Longacre 5-6599, please.

You see, it's strong and safe.

It's simple and practical.

It lets the light and air through,

and it's practically invisible from below.

And it's built right in the middle of

the city instead of way out in the sticks.

Excuse me a moment. Be right back.

- Yes?

- Darling, the most exciting thing has happened.

Look, honey, I'm right in the middle of

a talk with a very important gentleman.

- Could you tell me later?

- Oh, all right, dear.

Of course, this is the big one, but to build a

working model in some field or village somewhere...

that small planes could actually land

on... to prove that it was practical...

would only cost

about $99,000.

After that, we'd be on velvet.

You see,

it's a steel mesh

made of stretched cables.

Every municipality, every town,

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Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges (; born Edmund Preston Biden; August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. It is not uncommon for a Sturges character to deliver an exquisitely turned phrase and take an elaborate pratfall within the same scene. A tender love scene between Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve was enlivened by a horse, which repeatedly poked its nose into Fonda's head. Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts, however Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to establish success as a screenwriter and then move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were separate. Sturges famously sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to $10 by the studio for legal reasons. more…

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