director: preston sturges

Preston Sturges ranks as one of the American cinema's most gifted and talented screenwriters and directors. His writings featured astringent dialogue that was both cosmopolitan and jargonistic. Sturges also excelled in staging scenes with razor-sharp wit but was willing to include broad slapstick. As Terrence Rafferty put it, "he was one of the true wild men of movie comedy, a legitimate successor to the improvisatory gagmen of the silent era. ..." (more info)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend: Saloon-singer Freddie easily gets jealous when boyfriend Blackie plays around. She's a crack shot and always packs a six-shooter, which is bad news for anything that happens to be in the way (which more often than not ends up being the local judge's er...rear-end). This means that Freddie is soon forced to hide out as a school teacher in the middle of nowhere.

The Lady Eve: Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him.

The Palm Beach Story: An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea so his wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek: Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers, wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can't remember--and she's pregnant. Norval Jones, the 4-F local boy who's been in love with Trudy for years, tries to help her find a way out of her predicament.

Unfaithfully Yours: Sir Alfred De Carter suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the concert ends, he tries acting out his fantasies, but things don't go as well in reality as they did in his imagination.

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