History Film / ThePalmBeachStory

2nd Mar '16 12:32:37 PM Prfnoff
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'''''The Palm Beach Story''''' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy from writer/director Creator/PrestonSturges. The story concerns a New York couple who are struggling to make ends meet. Gerry, the wife (Creator/ClaudetteColbert) comes up with a ZanyScheme to divorce her husband Tom (a struggling inventor played by [=Joel McCrea=]) so she can get a new rich husband to help her ex-husband with his plans for an above-ground airport. Gerry runs away to Palm Beach to get her divorce, Tom right behind her because he disapproves of the whole thing, and she captures the eye of one of the richest men in the world, Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee). Tom butts in and has to pretend to be his wife's brother, and he becomes the target of affection from the multiple-divorced sister of Hackensacker, the princess Centimillia (Mary Astor). As they get deeper and deeper into this scheme, Gerry begins to have second thoughts.

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'''''The ''The Palm Beach Story''''' Story'' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy from writer/director Creator/PrestonSturges. The story concerns a New York couple who are struggling to make ends meet. Gerry, the wife (Creator/ClaudetteColbert) comes up with a ZanyScheme to divorce her husband Tom (a struggling inventor played by [=Joel McCrea=]) so she can get a new rich husband to help her ex-husband with his plans for an above-ground airport. Gerry runs away to Palm Beach to get her divorce, Tom right behind her because he disapproves of the whole thing, and she captures the eye of one of the richest men in the world, Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee). Tom butts in and has to pretend to be his wife's brother, and he becomes the target of affection from the multiple-divorced sister of Hackensacker, the princess Centimillia (Mary Astor). As they get deeper and deeper into this scheme, Gerry begins to have second thoughts.
6th Feb '16 6:15:13 PM LongTallShorty64
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'''''The Palm Beach Story''''' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy from writer/director Creator/PrestonSturges. The story concerns a New York couple who are struggling to make ends meet. Gerry, the wife (Claudette Colbert) comes up with a ZanyScheme to divorce her husband Tom (a struggling inventor played by [=Joel McCrea=]) so she can get a new rich husband to help her ex-husband with his plans for an above-ground airport. Gerry runs away to Palm Beach to get her divorce, Tom right behind her because he disapproves of the whole thing, and she captures the eye of one of the richest men in the world, Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee). Tom butts in and has to pretend to be his wife's brother, and he becomes the target of affection from the multiple-divorced sister of Hackensacker, the princess Centimillia (Mary Astor). As they get deeper and deeper into this scheme, Gerry begins to have second thoughts.

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'''''The Palm Beach Story''''' is a 1942 ScrewballComedy from writer/director Creator/PrestonSturges. The story concerns a New York couple who are struggling to make ends meet. Gerry, the wife (Claudette Colbert) (Creator/ClaudetteColbert) comes up with a ZanyScheme to divorce her husband Tom (a struggling inventor played by [=Joel McCrea=]) so she can get a new rich husband to help her ex-husband with his plans for an above-ground airport. Gerry runs away to Palm Beach to get her divorce, Tom right behind her because he disapproves of the whole thing, and she captures the eye of one of the richest men in the world, Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee). Tom butts in and has to pretend to be his wife's brother, and he becomes the target of affection from the multiple-divorced sister of Hackensacker, the princess Centimillia (Mary Astor). As they get deeper and deeper into this scheme, Gerry begins to have second thoughts.
6th Jan '16 8:18:09 AM mlsmithca
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Toto is this to the Princess.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Toto is this has attached himself to the Princess.Princess like a limpet, but she is sick of the sight of him and just wants him to leave. He either can't understand her attempts to get rid of him, or can understand them but feigns ignorance so that he can keep living off her fortune.



* BrutalHonesty: The princess is this towards Toto.

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* BrutalHonesty: The princess is this towards Toto.Princess tries being completely blunt to Toto about her lack of affection for him in an attempt to get rid of him. It doesn't work.



* ButtMonkey: Toto, all the way. The Princess has long since lost interest in him, but since he doesn't understand English well enough to take the hint (or is simply too stubborn to give up), she has resorted to trying to push him away by treating him with utter contempt.

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* ButtMonkey: Toto, all the way. The Princess has long since lost interest in him, but since he doesn't understand English well enough to take the hint (or is simply too stubborn and/or addicted to a life of luxury to give up), she has resorted to trying to push him away by treating him with utter contempt.



* PairTheSpares: To other people, namely, the twins of the leads.

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* PairTheSpares: To Hackensacker and his sister are left single by Tom and Gerry's decision to stay married to each other people, namely, - until the twins of revelation that each has a twin sibling. Hackensacker promptly marries Gerry's sister, while the leads.Princess promptly marries Tom's brother.
22nd Aug '15 12:39:45 PM jayoungr
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* ComedyOfRemarriage: Gerry goes to Palm Beach to begin divorce proceedings and is determined to make Hackensacker her new husband while Tom tries to persuade her to come back to him.
18th Aug '15 9:48:53 PM jayoungr
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* SerialSpouse: The princess has possibly been married six times; she's had three divorces and two annulments, and she says she's "not quite through with the Prince" (although she is certainly looking for candidates to replace him).
2nd Jul '15 3:22:36 PM mlsmithca
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* AccidentalMarriage: At the end of the film, we learn that this describes Tom and Gerry's marriage. Tom thought he was marrying Gerry's sister when he replaced his brother at the altar, while Gerry thought she was marrying Tom's brother when she replaced her sister.


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* MarriageBeforeRomance: Tom and Gerry were not actually in love when they got married (Tom was in love with Gerry's sister, Gerry was in love with Tom's brother). By the time the film proper begins, they have tried to make the best of their AccidentalMarriage, but money problems have prompted Gerry to seek a divorce in Palm Beach so she can marry a rich second husband who can bankroll Tom's invention idea. But while Gerry tries to carry out this scheme and Tom tries to stop it, they end up (re)discovering that they really do love each other.
18th Jun '15 7:20:46 PM mlsmithca
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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Tom and Gerry are each one of a pair of identical twins. This is why they thought no-one would notice if they replaced their twins at the wedding at the beginning of the film... except neither knew the other had the same idea.
18th Jun '15 7:16:53 PM mlsmithca
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* EmbarrassingLastName: When Gerry hastily introduces Tom to the Hackensackers as her brother, she refers to him as "Captain [=McGloo=]". When they are alone together, Tom confronts her over choosing such a silly pseudonym for him, and she claims that she thought it was his mother's maiden name (it was actually [=McGrew=]). Tom grumbles that he'll have to [[{{Pun}} stick with it]]. Even the Princess, smitten as she is by Tom himself, finds his name unfortunate.
18th Jun '15 7:08:26 PM mlsmithca
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* TheCastShowoff: Rudy Vallee doing his own singing for an in-character, yet totally gratuitous musical scene.
18th Jun '15 7:00:22 PM mlsmithca
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* AlcoholHic: One of the members of the Ale and Quail Club.

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* AlcoholHic: One of the members of the Ale and Quail Club.Club is so drunk, this is his only method of communication.



* AllWomenAreLustful: The Princess.
-->'''Tom:''' ([[ItMakesSenseInContext pretending to be Captain [=McGloo=]]]) Don't you ever talk about anything but [[UnusualEuphemism Topic A]]?
-->'''Princess Centimillia:''' Is there anything else?

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* AllWomenAreLustful: AllWomenAreLustful:
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The Princess.
-->'''Tom:''' --->'''Tom:''' ([[ItMakesSenseInContext pretending to be Captain [=McGloo=]]]) Don't you ever talk about anything but [[UnusualEuphemism Topic A]]?
-->'''Princess
A]]?\\
'''Princess
Centimillia:''' Is there anything else?



* BookEnds: The opening and closing wedding scenes.

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* BookEnds: The opening film opens and closing wedding scenes.closes with weddings; Tom and Gerry's[[note]] Or, rather, Tom's brother and Gerry's sister's wedding, but it was hijacked by Tom and Gerry[[/note]] at the beginning, and John Hackensacker to Gerry's sister and the Princess to Tom's brother at the end. Both times, the camera cuts to hanging text reading "And they lived happily ever after...", followed by "... Or did they?"



* LoveDodecahedron: Toto --> Princess --> Tom --> Gerry <-- Hackensacker.

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* LoveDodecahedron: LoveDodecahedron:
** At the beginning of the film, Tom --> Gerry's sister <--> Tom's brother <-- Gerry. (Notably, Tom and Gerry were ''not'' in love with each other, but ended up married anyway.)
** By the end of the film,
Toto --> Princess --> Tom --> <--> Gerry <-- Hackensacker.



** Toto, a FunnyForeigner speaking an incomprehensible language and following the princess like puppy.

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** Toto, a FunnyForeigner speaking an incomprehensible language and following the princess like a puppy.
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