Preston Sturges:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library













Books
Journal Articles

Movies by Director videography for works of Sturges in MRC
Comedy cinema videograpy

Information on Sturges from the Internet Movie Database
The Official Preston Sturges Site

Books

Bazin, Andre
"Preston Sturges." In: The cinema of cruelty : from Bunuel to Hitchcock / by Andre Bazin ; edited and with an introduction by Francois... 1st ed. New York : Seaver Books, 1982.
Main Stack PN1995.9.C7.B313 1982

Beach, Christopher.
"Is Class Necessary?: Preston Sturges and Howard Hawks in the Early 1940s." In: Class, language and American film comedy / Christopher Beach. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Full text available online (UCB users only)
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002

Bogdanovich, Peter
"Screenwriters and Preston Sturges." In: Pieces of time; Peter Bogdanovich on the movies. [New York, Arbor House Pub. Co., 1973]
Main Stack PN1994.B563
Moffitt PN1994.B563

Brill, Lesley.
"The comedic crowds of Preston Sturges." In: Crowds, power, and transformation in cinema / Lesley Brill. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2006.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C67 B75 2006

Brill, Lesley.
"Redemptive Comedy in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock and Preston Sturges: 'Are Snakes Necessary?'." In: Alfred Hitchcock: centenary essays / edited by Richard Allen and S. Ishii-Gonzales. pp: 205-19 London: British Film Institute, 1999.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H58.A43 1999

Cavell, Stanley
"Cons and pros: The Lady Eve." In: Pursuits of happiness : the Hollywood comedy of remarriage / Stanley Cavell. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1981.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 .C38
Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 .C38
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.C55 .C38 1981

Cerisuelo, Marc.
Preston Sturges ou le génie de l'Amérique Paris : Presses universitaires de France, 2002.
MAIN: PN1998.3.S78 C47 2002

Corliss, Richard.
"Preston Sturges." In: Talking pictures : screenwriters in the American cinema / Richard Corliss; pref. by Andrew Sarris. New York: Penguin Books, 1975, c1974.
Main Stack PN1998.A2.C6441 1975b

Curtis, James
Between flops: a biography of Preston Sturges / James Curtis. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, c1982.
UCB Main PN1998.A3 S884 1982
UCB Moffitt PN1998.A3 S884 1982

Cywinski, Ray.
Preston Sturges: a guide to references and resources / Ray Cywinski. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, c1984. Series title: A Reference publication in film.
UCB Main PN1998.A3 S885 1984

Dale, Alan S.
"Preston Sturges: girl in a jam, boy in a jam." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000.
Available online [UC Berkeley users only]
Main Stack PN1995.9.C55.D35 2000
PFA PN1995.9.C55.D35 2000

DiBattista, Maria
"The Lady Eve and the Female Con." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001

Dickos, Andrew
Intrepid laughter: Preston Sturges and the movies / by Andrew Dickos. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1985.
UCB Main PN1998.A3 S8861 1985

Farber, Manny; Poster, W.S.
"Preston Sturges: success in the movies (1954)." In: Awake in the dark : an anthology of American film criticism, 1915 to the present / edited by David Denby. 1st ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1977.
Main Stack PN1995.A861
Moffitt PN1995.A861

Grindon, Leger
"The home front romantic comedy and The miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)." In: The Hollywood romantic comedy : conventions, history, controversies / Leger Grindon. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G75 2011

Harvey, James
Romantic comedy in Hollywood from Lubitsch to Sturges / James Harvey. 1st Da Capo Press ed. New York: Da Capo Press, 1998.
UCB Main PN1995.9.C55 H37 1998
UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 H37 1987 [an earlier edition]

Henderson,-Brian.
"Cartoon and Narrative in the Films of Frank Tashlin and Preston Sturges." In: Comedy/cinema/theory / edited by Andrew Horton. pp: 153-73 Berkeley: University of California Press, c1991.
Main Stack PN1995.9.C55.C65 1991
Moffitt PN1995.9.C55.C65 1991

Houston, Penelope
"Preston Sturges." In: Sight and sound : a fiftieth anniversary selection / edited and with an introduction by David Wilson. London : Faber and Faber in association with BFI Pub., 1982.
Main Stack PN1995.S4936 1982

Jacobs, Diane.
Christmas in July: the life and art of Preston Sturges / Diane Jacobs. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1992.
- UCB Main PN1998.3.S78 J3 1992
UCB Moffitt PN1998.3.S78 J3 1992
NRLF PN1998.3.S78J3 1992 off campus
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Jenkins, Henry
"The laughing stock of the city : male dread, performance anxiety and Unfaithfully yours." In: Classical Hollywood comedy / edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick and Henry Jenkins. New York : Routledge, 1995.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 C56 1995

Joseph, Keith A.
"The Great Comic Controller: The Case of Preston Sturges." In: Film Conference of Kent State University (1st : 1983) Holding the vision : essays on film : proceedings of the First Annual Film Conference of Kent State University, April 21,1983. pp: 50-53 [Kent, Ohio]: International Film Society, Kent State University, c1983.
Main Stack PN1995.F4577 1983 NRLF #: C 2 843 031

Lane, Anthony
"Preston Sturges." In: Nobody's perfect : writings from the New Yorker / Anthony Lane. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .L28 2002

McElhaney, Joe
"Fast Talk: Preston Sturges and the Speed of Language." In: Cinema and modernity / edited by Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2006.
Main Stack PN1994.C4885 2006

O'Brien, Geoffrey
"The Sturges style." In: Castaways of the image planet : movies, show business, public spectacle / Geoffrey O'Brien. Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, c2002.
Main Stack PN1994.O25 2002

Preston Sturges the rise and fall of an American dreamer [video]
Looks at the meteoric rise and fall of Preston Sturges in his short career as writer, film producer and director. His films are characterised by a blend of satirical humour and human pathos, with stylish, literate and ironic dialogue.
Media Resources Center Video/C MM230

Rozgonyi, Jay
Preston Sturges's vision of America: critical analyses of fourteen films / by Jay Rozgonyi. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c1995.
UCB Main PN1998.3.S78 R68 1995

Sarris, Andrew
"Preston Sturges." In: "You ain't heard nothin' yet" : the American talking film, history & memory, 1927-1949 / Andrew Sarris. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Main Stack PN1995.7.S27 1998
Moffitt PN1995.7.S27 1998

Schickel, Richard
"Preston Sturges: elegy for the Wienie King." In: Schickel on film : encounters--critical and personal--with movie immortals / Richard Schickel. 1st ed. p. 57-69. New York: Morrow, c1989.
Main Stack PN1995.S341 1989

Shumway, David R.
"Marriage as Adultery." In: Modern love : romance, intimacy, and the marriage crisis / David R. Shumway. New York : New York University Press, c2003.
Includes discussion of The Lady Eve
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Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ503 .S54 2003

Spoto, Donald
Madcap: the life of Preston Sturges / by Donald Spoto. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, c1990.
UCB Main PN1998.3.S78 S66 1990
UCB Moffitt PN1998.3.S78 S66 1990
NRLF PN1998.3.S78S66 1990 off campus

Sturges, Preston.
Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, [1985].
UCB Main PN1997.A1 S84 1985
UCB Moffitt PN1997.A1 S84 1985
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Sturges, Preston.
Four more screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; introduction by Brian Henderson; foreword by Tom Sturges. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1995.
UCB Main PN1997.A1 S85 1995 *c2 copies

Sturges, Preston.
Preston Sturges / by Preston Sturges; adapted and edited by Sandy Sturges. New York: Simon and Schuster, c1990.
UCB Main PN1998.3.S78 A3 1990
UCB Moffitt PN1998.3.S78 A3 1990

Sturges, Preston.
Strictly dishonorable. New York: Horace Liveright, 1929.
NRLF $B 299 278 Type EXP NRLF for loan details.

Sturges, Preston.
Three more screenplays by Preston Sturges ; edited with introductions by Andrew Horton ; foreword by Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S853 1998

Ursini, James.
"Preston Sturges." In: American screenwriters / edited by Robert E. Morsberger, Stephen O. Lesser, and Randall Clark. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1984.
Doe Refe PS129.D5 v.26
Moffitt PS129.D5 v.26

Ursini, James.
Preston Sturges : un humorista americano = an american humorist Madrid : Filmoteca Espa~nola, ; San Sebastian : Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastian, 2003.

Zinman, David
"Preston Sturges: Hail the conquering hero." In: 50 classic motion pictures; the stuff that dreams are made of, by David Zinman. New York, Crown Publishers, 1970.
PFA PN1993.5.U6.Z46 1970
PFA : PN1998.3.S89 U77 2003;

Journal Articles

Baecque, Antoine de
"Palm Beach story." (motion picture review) Cahiers du Cinema no426 Dec 1989. p. 58-9

Brett, Anwar
"Idol Chat: Preston Sturges." Film Review 594 [June 2000] 113

Brown, Geoff
"Preston Sturges, inventor." Sight and Sound v 55 Autumn 1986. p. 272-7
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Geoff Brown finds links between the 'Davenola' of "Christmas in July", kissproof lipstick, waggling traffic signs and vertical takeoff airplanes.

Busch, N. F.
"Preston Sturges has led an eccentric, implausible life." Life v. 20 (January 7 1946) p. 85-6+

Canby, Vincent.
"Gaffes and gags of a shy dimwit." (Film Forum in New York, New York begins archival show called 'Harold Lloyd: A Centennial Retrospective') New York Times v142 (Fri, April 30, 1993):C1(L), col 4, 30 col in.

Canby, Vincent.
"The total Preston Sturges, preserved in hilarity." (six week retrospective at Film Forum, New York) (Living Arts Pages) New York Times v139 (Fri, Sept 7, 1990):B1(N), C1(L), col 1, 50 col in.

Carey, Alida L.
"This Cockeyed Caravan: A Preston Sturges Memoir." North American Review 273:4 (1988:Dec.) 60
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Carey, Alida L.
"Then and now." [P. Sturges in Paris]. The New York Times Magazine (December 2 1956) p. 94+

Cavell, Stanley
"Cons and Pros: The Lady Eve." In: Pursuits of happiness : the Hollywood comedy of remarriage / Stanley Cavell. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1981.
Main Stack PN1995.9.C55.C38
Moffitt PN1995.9.C55.C38
PFA PN1995.9.C55.C38 1981

Chauvin, Jean-Sebastien
"Infidelement votre." [Unfaithfully Yours] (motion picture review) Cahiers du Cinema no549 Sept 2000. p. 21
"A review of Preston Sturges's 1948 film Unfaithfully Yours, which has been rereleased. In the film, Sir Alfred, a conductor, is convinced that his wife is having an affair. Overcome with a paranoid delirium, he imagines three solutions to put an end to her. While the film remains a comedy, it explores the depths of the destructive impulses of love and jealousy through the macabre and the codes of film noir and horror as well as those of burlesque and even the cartoon." [Art Index]

Codelli, Lorenzo
"De la genèse du génie." (notes sur Preston Sturges). Positif nr 281-282 (July-Aug 1984); p 12-19.
On the comic genius P.S., his immediate success in the USA, and later recognition in Europe.

"Conversation with Preston Sturges."
Sight and Sound 25:4 (1956:Spring) 182

Crowther, B.
"When satire and slapstick meet." The New York Times Magazine (August 27 1944) p. 14-15+

Curtis, J..
"The great McGinty: from writer to director." American Film Vol VII nr 7 (May 1982); p 44-45,50-52.
Discusses the transition period in which screenwriter P.S. became a director. Emphasis is on his first directorial effort, "The great McGinty".

Doak, Robert.
"Preston Sturges's Vision of America: Critical Analyses of Fourteen Films." Journal of Popular Film and Television 25.n2 (Summer 1997): 90(1).
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Everitt, David.
"The man who lent screwball comedy a tough of class; Can anyone making romantic movies now measure up to the zany but literate Preston Sturges?" Probably not, but it's worth trying. (retrospective of his films at... New York Times v147, sec2 (Sun, July 19, 1998):AR11(N), AR11(L), col 1, 34 col in.

Farber, M.
"Satirist." The New Republic v. 107 (December 21 1942) p. 827

Farrelly, Peter; Jones, Terry; Kilner, Clare; Luhrmann, Baz
"Preston Sturges Changed My Life ..." Sight and Sound 105 [May 2000] 20

Garrand, I.
"Preston Sturges and American Comedy Theater." Studies in American-Humor, 1985 Fall, 4:3, 209-214.

Geng, Veronica
"Unfaithfully yours." (motion picture review) Film Comment 20:2 (1984:Mar./Apr.) 57
Compares the new movie with the 1948 Preston Sturges classic and you'll find a case of champagne comedy gone flat.

Gow, Gordon
"Conversation with Preston Sturges," Sight & Sound Spring 1956.

Grand, Gilles
"Un orchestre de reve." Cahiers du Cinema no. 590 (May 2004) p. 104-5
"The writer reflects on Preston Sturges's 1948 film Unfaithfully yours on the occasion of its release on DVD. This film expresses the lyrical and repetitive frenzy of an English orchestra conductor in the face of a doubt that fleetingly weakens his love for a woman. It is a comedy of sound with multiple tonal changes that demonstrate the polysemy of a mind that tries to equate itself with music. The actors never stop being extreme caricatures of themselves as they embrace the comedy of the burlesque, idiocy, and extravagance." [Art Index]

Hail Eddie Bracken
"Friend and Leading Man Talks About Working with Preston Sturges." MovieMaker 633 [April-May 1999] 42-43, 81

Henderson, Brian
"Sturges at work." Film Quarterly v 39 Winter 1985/1986. p. 16-28
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Technique and style of P.S. emphasizing his constant revision with special consideration of six of his films from "Christmas in July" to "Hail the conquering hero".

Hinson, Hal.
"Card sharks, con men, hustlers and dames." (American Film Institute begins retrospective on Preston Sturges' films at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.) Washington Post v116 (Sun, July 04, 1993):G1, col 4, 56 col in.

Houston, Penelope
"Preston Sturges." Sight and Sound v 34 no3 Summer 1965. p. 130-4
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Hunt, Paula
"Hail the Conquering Hero": Celebrating the Genius of Writer-Director Preston Sturges." MovieMaker 633 [April-May 1999] 40-42

"Innovation by Sturges." Newsweek v. 37 (May 7 1951) p. 84

Interim, L.
"Preston le magnifique." Cahiers du Cinéma nr 347 (May 1983); p VII-VIII.
On the work of P.S., his career, the actors with whom he worked, and his best films

Jacobs, Diane.
"Preston Sturges: the film maker seen whole; a six-week retrospective is to show the acclaimed writer and director's work in its entirety for the first time." (Film Forum, New York) New York Times v139, sec2 (Sun, Sept 2, 1990):H7(N), H7(L), col 1, 37 col in.

Kast, Pierre
"Positivement votre. - Quelques remarques, notes et souvenirs sur Preston Sturges." Positif nr 281-282 (July-Aug 1984); p 3-8.
Memories of the career and work of P.S. from former assistant P.K.

Kemp, Philip; Jones, Terry; Luhrmann, Baz; Kilner, Clare; and others.
"Ants in his pants." (Preston Sturges, filmmaker; includes related articles) Sight and Sound v10, n5 (May, 2000):18 (3 pages).
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"While light-hearted irreverence was writer-director Preston Sturges's forte, his comedies also have a serious edge. For four years, from 1940 to 1944, he wrote and directed seven pungently exuberant comedies, pioneering the way for other writer-directors like John Huston and Billy Wilder. These comedies, especially the seven he created in his glory years, lurch breathlessly in every direction, simultaneously sophisticated and boisterous, urbane and philistine, careering along through slapstick, satire, farce, elegant verbal wit, and shameless sentimentality with unstoppable momentum. His films permanently loosened the stays of comedy--after him, anything went. Four directors, including Terry Jones, Baz Luhrmann, and Clare Kilner, comment on how Sturges influenced them." [Art Index]

Kilner, C.
"Preston Sturges changed my life ..." Sight and Sound, 2000 MAY, V10 N5:20+.

King, Nel
"Preston Sturges." Sight and Sound, 28:3/4 (1959:Summer/Autumn) p.185
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Kracauer, Siegfried
"Preston Sturges or Laughter Betrayed." Films in Review 1:1 (1950:Feb.) 11

Lane, Anthony.
"Ants in His Pants." New Yorker 1998 Sept 14, 74:27, 86-87, 89-90, 92.
Sturges' movies were some of the best sex movies though there was very little sex in them. The anniversary of the screenwriter-director's birth on August 29, 1898, was celebrated in New York with a screening of his movies. A Sturges festival was also screened at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Luhrmann, B.
"Preston Sturges changed my life ..." Sight and Sound, 2000 MAY, V10 N5:20+.

Magny, Joel
"Preston dynamite Sturges." Cahiers du Cinema no426 Dec 1989. p. 54-7

Maslin, Janet
"Critic's Choice/Film: Antic Dolts and Schemers? Must Be Screwball Comedy." The New York Times [24 July 1998] B12

O'Brien, Geoffrey.
"The Sturges Style."The New York Review of Books, 1990 Dec 20, 37:20, 6-10.

"Paramount's one-man show." Newsweek v. 16 (August 19 1940) p. 44+

Parrish, Robert
"Johnny One Note. Souvenirs sur Preston Sturges." Positif nr 200-202 (Dec-Jan 1977-78); p 116-19.
Reminiscenes of American director R.P. of P.S.

Pinck, Dan.
"Preston Sturges: The Wizard of Hollywood." The American Scholar, 1992 Summer, 61:3, 402-08.
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"Preston Sturges was responsible for writing and directing some of the best motion pictures in Hollywood. Sturges combined wit, satire, farce and slapstick, and directed it toward an educated audience in such movies as 'The Lady Eve' and 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.' Sturges' talent was partly the result of an unusual childhood that included a bizarre mother and many changes of schools and residences." [Magazine Index]

"Preston Sturges." (cover story) Entertainment Weekly, 4/19/96 Issue 323, p36, 1/6p,
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"Preston Sturges."
Cinema Magazine Spring 1972. 13 pages

"Preston Sturges."
Positif nr 281-282 (July-Aug 1984); p 2-29.
Three articles on US director P.S., an extract from his autobiography, and a detailed filmgraphy.

"Preston Sturges: satirist." The New Republic v. 107 (December 21 1942) p. 827

"Preston Sturges: The Wizard of Hollywood." The American Scholar. Summer 1992. Vol. 61, Iss. 3; pg. 402, 7 pgs
Preston Sturges was the writer and director of 14 movies that are perhaps the best comedies of their kind ever made. Sturges, his career and his movies are profiled.

Rapfogel, J.
"The Screwball Social Studies of Preston Sturges." Cineaste v. 31 no. 3 (Summer 2006) p. 6-12
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"An essay on American writer-director Preston Sturges, whose major works have been released on DVD in Britain and the United States. Sturges's achievement as a filmmaker is so considerable and lasting, his entrance onto the scene so assured and meteoric, and his production at its height so feverishly inventive, it is hard to believe that his career as a director is almost entirely framed by a single decade (the 1940s). A large part of the appeal of his films is their paradoxical nature and their cheerful combination of vulgarity and sophistication, of slapstick and the kind of refined verbal wit that bloomed in American movies of the 1930s and 1940s as never before or since. Sturges almost single-handedly created the role of writer-director, enjoying at his peak unprecedented creative control, but his career may have been doomed by his insistence on taking sole creative responsibility for his own films. The writer traces his life and work in detail." [Art Index]

Rebello, Stephen; Curtis, J.
"King of comedy, the rise of Preston Sturges." American Film v 7 May 1982. p. 42-5+
Considers the rise and fall of the movie career of screenwriter-director P.S. Discusses his first film as director "The great McGinty".

Rubinstein, Elliot.
"The End of Screwball Comedy: The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story." Post Script 1982 Spring-Summer, 1:3, 33-47.

Rubinstein, Elliot.
"The Home Fires: Aspects of Sturges's Wartime Comedy." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Spring1982, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p131-141, 11p

Rubinstein, Elliot.
"Sturges' folly: the fate of Unfaithfully Yours." (Sturges' penultimate Hollywood film) Sight and Sound v 50 no4 Autumn 1981. p. 268-71
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Sarris, Andrew
"Preston Sturges in the Thirties." Film Comment 6:4 (1970/1971:Winter) 80

Salmon, Julie.
"Preston Sturges: the director close up." (film director) Wall Street Journal (Wed, Sept 12, 1990):A16(W), A16(E), col 1, 20 col in.

Schickel, Richard
"Preston Sturges: alien dreamer."Film Comment Vol XXI nr 6 (Nov-Dec 1985); p 32-35.
On the publication of his screenplays, an assessment of the work of writer/director P.S.

Scott, A.O.
"Sturges's subversive wartime humor." (Miracle of Morgan's Creek, (Weekend)_(movie review) The New York Times May 10, 2002 pB26(N) pE28(L) col 1 (10 col in)

Shokoff, J..
"A Kockenlocker by any other word: the democratic comedy of Preston Sturges." Post Script Vol VIII nr 1 (Fall 1988); p 16-28.
Defends the film comedies of P.S. against accusations of superficiality.

Spoto, Donald.
"Preston Sturges." (writer and film director) Architectural Digest v49, n4 (April, 1992):156 (5 pages).
"Sturges grew up in glamorous circles and traveled extensively throughout Europe with his mother during his boyhood. He became a highly respected director and screenwriter whose credits include 'The Power and the Glory.' Biographical information and a description of his Hollywood Hills, CA, home are given." [Magazine Index]

Sterritt, David
"Unfaithfully Yours." Cineaste v. 31 no. 2 (Spring 2006) p. 70-2
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"A review of Preston Sturges's film Unfaithfully Yours (1948) on the occasion of its DVD release. This film focuses on a self-absorbed musical artiste who suspects his beautiful young wife of cheating on him. Raging with jealousy, he fantasizes about wreaking vengeance during a concert; he then tries this for real but fails. The film failed financially for a number of reasons, including the fact that as a very dark comedy in the atmosphere of 1948--when wartime anxieties were giving way to postwar aspiration, at least momentarily--it appeared too dark for many viewers. To today's viewer, it speaks as well as any film ever made by this extraordinary filmmaker." [Art Index]

Stevens, Brad.
"Vertigo with a twist." Sight and Sound 15.9 (Sept 2005): 88(1).
Stevens reviews eight video recordings directed by Preston Sturges, including The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, and The Lady Eve.

"Sympathetic satirist of sacred conventions directs his second conspicuous film hit of the year." Life v. 17 (August 28 1944) p. 43+

Thomas, François
"De mille facettes un choix restreint." Positif nr 281-282 (July-Aug 1984); p 20-23.
Analysis of the comic means employed by P.S., and the importance of the lesser roles in his films

Tonguette, Peter.
"The Lady Eve." Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious & Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 25:(no pagination). 2003 Mar-Apr
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Weinberg, H. G.
"Lost films of America." Sight and Sound v 31 no4 Autumn 1962. p. 172-5

Wood, Robin
"Screwball and the masquerade: The lady Eve and Two-faced woman." CineAction nr 54 (Jan 2001); p 12-19.
A comparison of the two films emphasizing critical appraisal, with reference to the theme of female masquerade. Offers a detailed description of the lost, longer version of the Cukor film "Two-faced woman".

The Lady Eve

Brouwers, Anke; Paulus, Tom.
"The mortgage the merrier: Hollywood comedies of remarriage in the age of domesticity." Film International; 2006, Vol. 4 Issue 22, p21-32, 12p
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Cavell, Stanley.
"Cons and pros: The Lady Eve." In: Pursuits of happiness : the Hollywood comedy of remarriage / Stanley Cavell. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1981.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 .C38
Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 .C38
PFA PN1995.9.C55 .C38
Cavell, Stanley.
"Pursuits of Happiness: A Reading of The Lady Eve." New Literary History Vol. 10, No. 3, Anniversary Issue: I (Spring, 1979), pp. 581-601
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DiBattista, Maria.
"The Lady Eve and the Female Con." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)

Nochimson, Martha
"The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels," Cineaste v. 27 no. 3 (Summer 2002) p. 40-2
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"A review of the DVD release of Preston Sturges's 1940s movies, The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels. The former movie focuses on a fortune hunter who falls in love with her mark and must fight her father to free herself of his insistence that she exploits men's emotions for financial gain. The latter approaches head-on the ambiguous relations between box office and intuitive concerns by focusing on a successful Hollywood director of blockbusters who wants to forget about profits and make a movie that will announce his solidarity with suffering humanity. Both movies reveal the filmmaker's tendency to employ film as a way of investigating what filmmaking and Hollywood are about while parading his fond impatience with the vanity of human desires and his affectionate regard for the theatrical clown as well as the life-seeking, if bumbling, clown in all of us. The main features of this DVD release are accompanied by supplementary "extras" of mixed quality." [Art Index]

Singer, Irving.
"The Lady Eve." In: Cinematic mythmaking : philosophy in film / Irving Singer. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, c2008.
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Sullivan's Travels

Brett, Anwar
"Reviews: Classic Re-Release: "Sullivan's Travels."" Film Review 594 [June 2000] 38

Cockrell, Eddie
"Sullivan's Travels." Variety August 20, 2001 v384 i1 p24 (666 words)
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"Finding an audience: Sullivan's Travels." Journal of Popular Film and Television v 11 no4 Winter 1984. p. 152-7

Harper, Dan
"Sullivan's Travels" Senses of Cinema 12:(no pagination). 2001 Feb-Mar

Hearle, Kevin.
"Sturges and The Grapes of Wrath: Sullivan's Travels as Documentary Comedy." Steinbeck Newsletter 1994 Summer, 7:2, 5-7.

Moran, Kathleen; Rogin, Michael.
"'What's the Matter with Capra'? Sullivan's Travels and the Popular Front." Representations, 2000 Summer, 71, 106-34.
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"Delves into the meanings of Preston Sturges's 1942 movie Sullivan's Travels beyond the genre of a screwball comedy. Analyzes each part of the movie for cultural significance and relationship to other popular directors, such as Frank Capra, and the leftist Popular Front movement." [America History and Life]

Nochimson, Martha
"The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels," Cineaste v. 27 no. 3 (Summer 2002) p. 40-2
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"A review of the DVD release of Preston Sturges's 1940s movies, The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels. The former movie focuses on a fortune hunter who falls in love with her mark and must fight her father to free herself of his insistence that she exploits men's emotions for financial gain. The latter approaches head-on the ambiguous relations between box office and intuitive concerns by focusing on a successful Hollywood director of blockbusters who wants to forget about profits and make a movie that will announce his solidarity with suffering humanity. Both movies reveal the filmmaker's tendency to employ film as a way of investigating what filmmaking and Hollywood are about while parading his fond impatience with the vanity of human desires and his affectionate regard for the theatrical clown as well as the life-seeking, if bumbling, clown in all of us. The main features of this DVD release are accompanied by supplementary "extras" of mixed quality." [Art Index]

Rubinstein, Elliot.
"Hollywood travels: Sturges and Sullivan." Sight and Sound v 47 no1 Winter 1977/1978. p. 50-2
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Strohm, Claire
"Les voyages de Sullivan." (motion picture review) Cahiers du Cinéma no426 Dec 1989. p. 60-1

Zone, Ray
"Wrap shot." American Cinematographer v 81 no10 Oct 2000. p. 128
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"Sullivan's Travels, a film directed by Preston Sturges, is discussed. Released in 1941, the film follows a successful director of comedies who wants to make a "serious" film about poverty based on a book called O Brother, Where Art Thou? During the film, Sturges offers different views of the moviegoing audience, as well as witty fast-paced dialog that pointedly satirizes Hollywood's economic anxiety and its pretensions to high art. Cinematographer John Seitz captured the film's wildly varying moods in shimmering black-and-white cinematography." [Art Index]

Wineapple, Brenda.
"Finding an Audience: Sullivan's Travels." Journal of Popular Film and Television, 1984 Winter, 11:4, 152-157.
On "Sullivan's travels" which demonstrates how a film's structure works to maintain a sense of social stability.

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