Directed by Preston Sturges • 1940 • United States
Starring Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn
“If you can’t sleep at night, it isn’t the coffee, it’s the bunk!” That’s the slogan that ambitious office clerk Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell) enters in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize in a contest sponsored by Maxford House Coffee. When Jimmy’s mischievous coworkers trick him into thinking he’s won, the young man’s newfound “success” goes to his head with madcap consequences. Adapted from the writer-director’s own stage play “A Cup of Coffee,” Preston Sturges’s sophomore feature takes aim at the pitfalls of capitalism with riotous screwball glee.