The Palm Beach Story

The Palm Beach Story

An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1942
Time: 88 min
IMDb: 7.7/10


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.
Plot Keywords: slapstick-comedy / money / train / millionaire / divorce
Taglines: n/A
Certificate: Finland:K-16 | Germany:6 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:U | United States:Passed (National Board of Review) | United States:Approved
Cast: Claudette Colbert , Joel McCrea , Mary Astor , Rudy Vallee , Sig Arno , Robert Warwick , Arthur Stuart Hull , Torben Meyer , Jimmy Conlin , Victor Potel , William Demarest , Jack Norton , Robert Greig , Roscoe Ates , Dewey Robinson , Chester Conklin , Sheldon Jett , Robert Dudley , Franklin Pangborn , Arthur Hoyt , Al Bridge , Fred ‘Snowflake’ Toones , Charles R. Moore , Frank Moran , Harry Rosenthal , Esther Howard , Barbara Jo Allen , Ernest Anderson , George Anderson , Wilson Benge , Monte Blue , Ralph Brooks , James Carlisle , James Conaty , Marcelle Corday , Laurie Douglas , Frank Faylen , Bess Flowers , Byron Foulger , Joe Gilbert , Alfred Hall , Sam Harris , Harry Hayden , John Holland , Mike Lally , J. Farrell MacDonald , Edward McNamara , Charles Meakin , Esther Michelson , Howard M. Mitchell , Bert Moorhouse , Mantan Moreland , Odette Myrtil , Lillian Randolph , Keith Richards , Julius Tannen , Harry Tyler , Max Wagner


Company: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 27 Nov 1942 (Portugal)
Year: 1942
Film Location: Penn Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 88 min
Soundmix: Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

User Review:

preppy-3 » Hilarious movie about an unhappily married couple played by Joel McCrea (unbearably handsome) and Claudette Colbert (unbearably beautiful). She goes to Palm Beach to get a quick divorce. While enroute she meets a shy, sweet millionaire played by Rudy Valle who immediately falls in love with her. But McCrea shows up in Palm Beach wanting her back…

Lightning paced, very sweet, romantic and absolutely hysterical comedy. The script is packed full of great lines and (with the exception of McCrea) the cast give them their all. Colbert is delightful as the wife. McCrea, unfortunately, gives a stone-faced performance as her husband–still, he is very good-looking and doesn't really hurt the movie. Also, as one previous poster noted, you get a quick look at his "best parts" near the beginning! Vallee is pretty good too. Mary Astor is absolutely hysterical as Vallee's VERY talkative sister. And then there's the Wienie King and the Ale and Quail Club! A definite must-see!

Best line: "The men most in need of a beating up are always enormous."
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