Sturges’s broadest masterstroke ensures that, even as the clock runs out, the dramatic stakes melt away just as quickly. Who but Sturges could conceive of The Palm Beach Story without a seriocomic courtroom climax, or a mad scheme to halt a wedding already in progress, or some other timeworn mechanism? The Sturges alternative: a gentle implosion of expectations, as if the rug could be pulled out from under us merely by tugging on a stray thread.
Jaime N. Christley
January 20, 2015