67 Great Directors: Preston Sturges

“The most incredible thing about my career is that I had one.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work, mostly The Lady Eve.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: The Lady Eve.

What Did I Watch: The Palm Beach Story.

Where Does He Fit: Sturges’ repeated references to Love Me Tonight in this and Lady Eve are a cute little highlight, and this instinct gets worked out during a picture that is frankly not romantic at all. It’s actually aggressively pragmatic, with divorce being utilized as a financial weapon and the charms of McCrea and Colbert being exploited to make Mary Astor look deliciously ditzy while Rudy Vallee spends too much money. The story struggles to get started, but the middle stretch is a delight of ridiculous gags and exorbitance among the deluded millionaires that just want to enjoy their luxury and marry anyone in sight. Also, the ending = A+

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Most Valuable Asset: Wit.
Most Excited For: Unfaithfully Yours.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Definitive 90s auteur Quentin Tarantino.

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