|WHEN CRITICS TRASHED THAT "AFI TOP 100 FILMS LIST," one of the first missing filmmakers they noted was Preston Sturges. Who? His hot streak kicked off in 1940 and didnt even last to 1950, but for a few years no one on Earth made comedies with zippier dialogue or crazier charactersnot to mention an erotic edge even 1940s censors couldnt curb. Here are four guaranteed to get you cooking with gas:
The Palm Beach StoryClaudette Colbert and Joel McCrea as a poor couple who get mixed up with crazy rich folk. More zany bit characters than any movie in historylike the immortal Wienie King.
The Lady EveThe wiles conwoman Barbara Stanwyck uses on rich herpetologist Henry Fonda would straighten a boa constrictor.
Sullivans TravelsAhead-of-its-time satire of Hollywood pretensions, with Joel McCrea as a director who drops out to find the real America.
The Miracle of Morgans CreekBetty Hutton went drinking with soldiers, thinks she married one, cant remember his nameand shes pregnant. The miracle is how Sturges got away with that plot in 1944....