Advertisement

Habitual Remarriage: The Ends of Happiness in The Palm Beach Story

  • Stuart Klawans

Abstract

I begin with an observation that any number of readers must have made, that a thought is left dangling in Stanley Cavell’s magisterial Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. After Cavell drops an aside about Preston Sturges’s The Palm Beach Story (1942), he at once passes on, never again to mention that remarkable film. I can’t know what Cavell might have written about The Palm Beach Story had he not dismissed it so quickly — so suspiciously, one might say. But I now propose to tug on the loose end he left, to discover whether it will unravel part of his argument or instead lead through a labyrinth.

Keywords

Sexual Desire Sexual Ideal Park Avenue Cold Hand Movie Star 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Stuart Klawans 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Klawans

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations