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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges$
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Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406550

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.001.0001

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Preston Sturges and Screwball Comedy

Preston Sturges and Screwball Comedy

(p.25) Chapter 1 Preston Sturges and Screwball Comedy
Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Leger Grindon

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews key elements in the screwball cycle (1934-1942) of Hollywood romantic comedy, positioning The Lady Eve (1941) and The Palm Beach Story (1942) as late examples of screwball. The essay argues for a dark current of vengeance in The Lady Eve and emphasizes cartoon sexuality in The Palm Beach Story. Finally the essay notes the influence of Sturges on contemporary romantic comedy cinema.

Keywords:   Screwball, romantic comedy, Sturges, influence, sexuality, Hollywood, cinema

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