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
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88 min
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We have the big place in Yonkers. Of course.

What'd he say?

He said "of course. "

We're from Texas originally.

Of course.

What'd he say?

He said "of course. "

Why does he keep sayin' the same thing

all the time? My husband's a little deaf.

Of course. Yes.

What'd he say?

He said it's as quiet as a tomb

here... just what we're lookin' for.

I don't mind a little life. We'll

be dead soon enough. Come in.


I said, "Come in. "

I'm fine, thanks. How are you? I hope

all the tenants aren't as disagreeable.

I can assure you they're not. The building

is very friendly, efficient and quiet.

She got in by mistake, but

she's leaving first thing in the morning.

What? I said she's leaving

the first thing in the morning.

Who? My wife? You going home

to see your mother?

What's that? Canary?

I love birds.

I said she is leaving

the first thing in the morning.

You don't have to shout, and your best

friend oughta tell you a little secret:

Just speak in a low, clear voice. I said she's leaving

the first thing in the morning. She got in by mistake.

But tomorrow

she flies away.

I understand it's a bird.

What about it? I like birds.

It's right here.

Duplex. What's the

ceiling so high up for?

That's what duplex means... the one floor up over

the... You don't keep the apartment very clean.

What's on the balcony? You see, the

former tenants aren't getting the service.

A little delinquency in the rent. What's

he say? I don't like him to talk to me.

He says the former tenants haven't been getting

any service. That's why the place is so dirty.

They didn't pay the rent.

I don't mind a little dirt.

That's the trouble with women... always

fussin' around lookin' for something to pick on.

- You can tell me later, Arthur.

- Never satisfied with things the way the Lord made 'em.

Why, dirt's as natural in this worid

as sin, disease,

storms, twisters, floods and cyclones.

Is there anything else you'd like to try? What

you doin' in the bathtub with a wrapper on?

I might ask you what you're doing in my

bathroom. I don't suppose you go with the flat.

Nah. That's too much to hope for. Thank

you. I'm glad you like my perfume too.

Huh? I said I'm glad

you like my perfume too.

You have a lovely, clear voice,

like a bell.

If I was married to you, I'd hear everything

you said almost, but you wouldn't enjoy it.

Besides, I'm already married.

So am I.

Me too. Anyway,

I'd be too old for ya.

"Cold are the hands of time

that creep along relentlessly,

"destroying slowly but without pity

that which yesterday was young.

"Alone, our memories resist this

disintegration and grow more lovely...

with the passing years. "

That's hard to say

with false teeth.

You're a funny old man.

I didn't get it, but you looked

very pretty when you said it.

I love birds.

You do?

Say, if they're showing the apartment and

you're still in it, you must be broke, huh?

Ah, it doesn't matter.

What did you say?

Yes. That varmint rentin'

it out from under ya?


I know how you feel.

I was broke too when I was about your age,

but I didn't have a figure like you got.

I had to use my brains. You'll get over

it. You'll get over being young too.

Someday you'll wake up and find everything

behind ya. Gives ya quite a turn.

Makes ya sorry for a few of the things

ya didn't do while ya still could.

- Are you sorry?

- How much rent do you owe?

Well, that isn't really your business.

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

I said it isn't really your business.

I'm in the sausage business.

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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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