Crooked, but Never Common

Preston Sturges was one of Hollywood’s most notable directors, achieving many career highlights by directing numerous classic comedies, including The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan’s Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), and more. His films featured exceptionally well-written characters and witty scenes.

Stuart Klawans’s Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges educates the reader not only about Sturges’s talent for dialogue but also as a master director, delving deeply into ten of his films. Klawans discusses the structure and meaning behind these films, the process of bringing their characters to the screen, and a fascinating examination of the impact of Sturges’s legacy. This book is well-research and expertly supplemented with many photographs.

This book is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sturges, particularly individuals who enjoy the comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Crooked, but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges is available for purchase via Columbia University Press.


About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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1 Response to Crooked, but Never Common

  1. I love Preston Sturges films! I will have to put this one on my list, for sure!

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