THE PALM BEACH STORY
1942, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

Though Claudette Colbert still loves her failed-architect hubby Joel McCrea, she nonetheless leaves him for greener pastures. Enter Rudy Vallee as a mild-mannered zillionaire and Mary Astor as his nympho sister and, well, the possibilities are just endless. Another hysterical Sturges classic, highlighted by the all-star Ale & Quail Club and the unforgettable Wienie King!


THE MORE THE MERRIER
1943, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

Jean Arthur reluctantly sublets half her apartment to retired millionaire Charles Coburn - who promptly sublets half of his half to dreamy soldier Joel McCrea! Coburn won an Oscar for his inspired performance in this captivating film, which also was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Story and Screenplay.


FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
1940, IPMA, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

With the advent of World War II looming, action reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) is assigned the job of European correspondent for his New York newspaper and told to track down the secret treaty made by two unnamed European countries and a famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. Of course this assignment proves more treacherous than Johnny bargained for, and a deadly, positively Hitchcockian game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Look for the now-famous umbrella sequence, tracking a killer’s getaway, and the eerily cinematic windmill scene. With Laraine Day and George Sanders.


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