The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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Well that was probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
"I grow on people......like moss...."
The sardonic wit of Preston Sturges is omnipresent in this superb screwball comedy. It vividly recreates a madcap world where sanity is the exception and where the central couple strives to reach a balance by redefining their relationship. Sturges cleverly de-constructs the genre conventions and undermines viewer's expectations, while at the same time creates brilliantly timed sequences like the one at the end where the moving ballad sung by one suitor leads to the unlikely reconciliation.
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This movie ranks #75 in The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time (BBC Culture)
This movie ranks #77 in AFI's 100 years...100 laughs
This movie ranks #150 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #153 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #216 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #264 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #299 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #376 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #601 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #646 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #692 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #784 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #881 in The Criterion Collection