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Thursday, September 28, 2006
The Palm Beach Story One of Sturges’ diamond-bright, zany comedies, The Palm Beach Story takes an unhappy young wife (Claudette Colbert) on a train trip to Florida for quickie divorce from her failed inventor husband (Joel McCrea). When she falls in with a group of rambunctious millionaires, an adorably eccentric mogul (Rudy Vallee) takes a shine to her and won’ t take no for an answer. Her husband, who follows her to Palm Beach to win her back, catches the eye of the mogul’s man-crazy sister (Mary Astor) and the laughs come fast and furious with hilariously pointed one-liners and brilliant comic performances.