Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

My new year's resolution is to post once at least once a week.  The last film I saw was The Palm Beach Story.  Which interests me because I love all things Florida.

I would say that this is one of the most funniest screwball comedies I have seen so far.  A woman, Gerry, is married to an inventor, who needs a lot of money.  After a rich old man gives her some money for no reason, she gets an idea.  She will divorce him and woo other rich men into giving her money, until she can raise what her husband needs.   Which is oddly noble.  Of course, her husband doesn't understand and tries to sabotage her at every turn.

Despite having no suitcase, clothes, or ticket,  she somehow makes it Florida on the train.  There is a lot of physical comedy even though it stars a lady, which is refreshing.  This is better than most modern romantic comedies.  She also meets a handsome rich guy who is totally not a Rockefeller.

 Her husband shows up, of course, and the rich guy's sister, a princess, falls in love with him.   Gerry and her husband turn down the chance to have tons of money for the rest of their lives and stay married to each other. The princess and her brother are disappointed, but they are told not to worry, because both of them are twins.  So, the princess and her brother marry the other couple's twins, and everyone lives happily ever after.  That was a very unexpected ending.  I will give this film an 8/10.