U.S, 1941, 94 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated but unsuitable for children, Paramount Pictures
”Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
A mismatched couple meet on board an ocean liner. Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) is a beautiful con artist and Charles (Henry Fonda) is her victim, the heir of an ale fortune. When she's exposed as a crook and dumped by Charles, Jean decides to exact her revenge: "I need him like the axe needs the turkey." In the end, will Charles and Jean find love and live happily ever after? Preston Sturges' classic screwball comedy was selected by The New York Times as the best film of its year and last decade became one of Time's All-Time 100. "If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time," wrote Roger Ebert, "I would advise ... watching as Stanwyck toys with Fonda's hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds."
The Gables Cinema presents three Preston Sturges comedy classics, The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and The Palm Beach Story, part of the Preston Sturges Labor Day Weekend Trifecta retrospective on Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7 at 1:00 pm each day!
Matinée Essentials is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1 pm series, interrupted only by special presentations. The criteria is simple: without exception, these are movies no serious filmgoer should do without. Tickets to these special screenings are $8 general admission and $5 for Gables Cinema members.