[Quick Summary: A man wins a slogan competition, which causes misunderstandings and havoc.]
Bad news: This is not my favorite Sturges script.
Good news: Sturges does write better ironic hijinks than most.
ex. The protagonist gets a telegram at work announcing that he's won a $25,000 coffee slogan competition.
He calls his mother and promises the world. [Ups the personal ante.]
The whole office cheers the good news. [Ups the professional ante.]
His co-workers Tom, Dick, and Harry laugh because they have faked the telegram. [Ups tension.]
The boss comes in to scold. [Uh-oh.]
Tom, Dick, and Harry sweat as they see their joke go out of control.. [What will happen?]
The boss is so impressed by the win that he offers protagonist a bigger job. [More tension.]
Tom, Dick, and Harry try to confess, and are unable to. [Cliffhanger]
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: You can see how Sturges is in control.
The hijinks serve his irony (rather than hey-what-story-can-we-fit-around-this-joke).
Christmas in July (1940)
by Preston Sturges