BARBARA STANWYCK (Sorry, Wrong Number) sizzles, HENRY FONDA (12 Angry Men) bumbles, and PRESTON STURGES (The Palm Beach Story) runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and woon-worthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck’s conniving card sharp sets her sights on Fonda’s nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts—and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote, directed, and produced as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling wit with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray 
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film professor Marian Keane 
  • Introduction from 2001 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich 
  • Interview from 2020 with writer-director Preston Sturges’s biographer and son Tom Sturges and friends 
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns 
  • Costume designs by Edith Head 
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1942 featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland 
  • Audio recording of “Up the Amazon,” a song from an unproduced stage musical based on the film
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a 1946 profile of Preston Sturges from LIFE magazine
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Henry Fonda

Eric Blore

Barbara Stanwyck
Director:
Preston Sturges
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
93 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1941

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BARBARA STANWYCK (Sorry, Wrong Number) sizzles, HENRY FONDA (12 Angry Men) bumbles, and PRESTON STURGES (The Palm Beach Story) runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and woon-worthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck’s conniving card sharp sets her sights on Fonda’s nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts—and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote, directed, and produced as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling wit with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray 
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film professor Marian Keane 
  • Introduction from 2001 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich 
  • Interview from 2020 with writer-director Preston Sturges’s biographer and son Tom Sturges and friends 
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns 
  • Costume designs by Edith Head 
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1942 featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland 
  • Audio recording of “Up the Amazon,” a song from an unproduced stage musical based on the film
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a 1946 profile of Preston Sturges from LIFE magazine
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Henry Fonda

Eric Blore

Barbara Stanwyck
Director:
Preston Sturges
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
93 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1941
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