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Great McGinty, TheGreat McGinty, The (1940)
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest
The first film with Preston Sturges both scripting and directing, this dryly wacky political satire sees cynical bum Donlevy rise to the heights of…
Christmas in JulyChristmas in July (1940)
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn
Dir. Sturges second film is a short, sweet and sharp satire on 'success', in which a gullible office clerk (Powell) is fooled by his colleagues into…
Lady Eve, TheLady Eve, The (1941) Aro Favourite
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
One of the greatest Hollywood screwball comedies ever, this begins with naïve zoologist Henry Fonda (“Snakes are my life”) falling in love with…
Sullivan's TravelsSullivan's Travels (1941) Aro Favourite
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick
Hailed as dir. Sturges most reflective statement on his comic art, this finds lightweight Hollywood director Joel McCrea dressing as a tramp in order…
Palm Beach Story, ThePalm Beach Story, The (1942) Recommended
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor
Another fine Preston Sturges comedy, this concerns a gifted but struggling architect (McCrea), whose wife (Colbert) abandons him for the hope of…
Hail The Conquering HeroHail The Conquering Hero (1944) Recommended
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest
Crazed comedy from dir. Sturges, with Bracken starring as a WW2 soldier, who never actually saw any action because of his hay fever, but who upon…
Great Moment, TheGreat Moment, The (1944)
Dir. Preston Sturges
Feat. Joel McCrea, Betty Field, William Demarest
An oddly serious drama for dir. Sturges, this biopic of WTG Morgan (who discovered the anaesthetic properties of ether in the 19th century), played…
Perils of Pauline, ThePerils of Pauline, The (1947)
Dir. George Marshall
Feat. Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy DeWolfe
Showbiz melodrama in which Hutton plays true–life actress Pearl White, who graduated from being a lowly–paid seamstress to queen of the…
Whispering SmithWhispering Smith (1948)
Dir. Leslie Fenton, Mel Epstein
Feat. Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall
Swish, action–packed western features Alan Ladd chasing train robbers and sentimental skirt. Good stuff.
Sorrowful JonesSorrowful Jones (1949)
Dir. Sidney Lanfield
Feat. Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, William Demarest
Buddy comedy with Bob Hope as an inveterate gambler who fins himself the guardian for a young girl.

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