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.