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The Lady Eve Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, 9/5
1:00 pm

Sullivan's Travels Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, 9/6
1:00 pm

The Palm Beach Story Buy Tickets >>
Monday, 9/7
1:00 pm

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Preston Sturges Labor Day Weekend Trifecta

Sturges Comedy Classics Play On 9/5 - 9/7

The Lady Eve
Saturday, September 5 at 1:00 pm 

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."
U.S, 1941, 94 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated but unsuitable for children

Sullivan's Travels
Sunday, September 6 at 1:00 pm
Why must comedies take a back seat to dramas? Hollywood's successful comedy director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) ponders this question and decides it's time to suffer and prove himself as a major dramatic artist. Veronica Lake (in her first major role) is the ingenue who loves Sullivan for who he is and not for who he thinks he should be. As Sullivan painfully learns in his travels, there's nothing like laughter to soothe the troubled soul. Equal parts social drama and rollicking comedy, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Upon release, The New York Times called it "the most brilliant picture yet this year." Today, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and the Coen Brothers will vouch for its vision. Sullivan's Travels is required viewing for anyone remotely concerned about the relevance of film in everyday life.
U.S, 1941, 90 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated but unsuitable for children due to mild violence

The Palm Beach Story
Monday, September 7 at 1:00 pm

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.
U.S, 1942, 88 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated

Matinée Essentials is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1:00 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.