U.S, 1942, 88 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated, Paramount Pictures
”Sturges' dialogue, as always, is not only sharp, but cutting, delivered with typical flair by the charter members of Sturges' company of actors." - Chicago Tribune
Claudette Colbert, married to an ambitious but penniless archictectural engineer (Joel McCrea), takes off for Florida and winds up being wooed by a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee in his best performance). When McCrea shows up she persuades him to pose as her brother. Also on hand are such indelible Preston Sturges creations as the Weenie King (Robert Dudley), the madly destructive Ale & Quail Club, Hackensacker’s acerbic sister (Mary Astor), and her European boyfriend of obscure national origins (Sig Arno). The Hackensacker character may be the closest thing to self-parody in the Sturges canon, but it’s informed with such wry wisdom and humor that it transcends its personal nature (as well as its reference to such tycoons as the Rockefellers). This brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding screwball comedy is one of the real gems in Sturges's hyperproductive period at Paramount.
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.