Welcome to the Official Preston Sturges Website.
Preston Sturges was one of America's great filmmakers. He was the first Hollywood writer to direct his own script, and thus the credit "written and directed by" first appeared before his name in THE GREAT MCGINTY. He won the first Academy Award ever given for Best Original Screenplay for the script. He went on a creative streak unparalleled in the history of film, writing and directing six masterpieces and one that should have been:
CHRISTMAS IN JULY, THE PALM BEACH STORY, THE LADY EVE, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO and THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK.
His films are still very funny and very much alive. They have been the subject of nearly 100 film festivals throughout the world, most recently by the British Film Institute in May 2000. The family is very supportive of festivals and make ourselves available for press and marketing purposes.
Twelve of his scripts have been published in book form. These are precise reproductions of the original shooting script including the intitials of the secretary who typed the page and the date she typed it. Readers will see that Mr. Sturges wrote his stage directions with as much fervor and intelligence as his dialogue. All are available through the most respected UC Press (see BIBLIOGRAPHY).
We have designed this site to be interesting to first timers as well as the aficionados, by including photographs, posters, a year-by-year account of his life, excerpts from several screenplays and a brief newly-written life story. We have added a complete filmography courtesy of Mr. Jim Curtis, a much respected author and Preston Sturges friend and fan.
The family personally responds to every e-mail we receive, and we are proud to report that this site has served as a reference point and information center for over 10,000 guests since it opened in June 1998.
The Sturges Family
Read about Preston Sturges in the May 2010 edition of Vanity Fair. Click here to download the PDF.
"Lady Eve" 9th on Zagat's World's Best Movies.
Richard Horgan @ filmstew.com pays tribute to Preston Sturges. Click here to read the full article
Preston Sturges festival just announced for Film Forum Summer 08. All the classics plus special guests to introduce some of the films. Rare home footage of Eddie Bracken will precedeHail The Conquering Hero
Tom Sturges, son of Mr. Sturges, has created an invention to rival the "Davenola" in Christmas In July. It is a portable remote controlled Door Closer. Click HERE for a closer look.
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