Talk:Preston Sturges

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Quotes section[edit]

I have added {{Quotefarm}} to this part of the article, as I feel it contains an excessive number of quotations - that's exactly what Wikiquote is for, not Wikipedia. We already link to Sturges' page on Wikiquote, so I'm not sure we need all these as well - just two or three quotes would be better. Terraxos (talk) 21:18, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

I have removed your tag, which was unwarranted. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 23:06, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
How is this not a quote farm? I can't recall another article I've seen that has more quotes. William Shakespeare has fewer! Clarityfiend (talk) 09:37, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps Sturges has a better agent than Shakespeare?

None of the articles for Sturges' films has a quote section, and certainly if these dialogue samples were dispersed into those articles, no one would complain about them. By having them here, all together, one gets a sampling of Sturges' style which, for a filmmaker whose forte was very much his writing, is certainly a valid encyclopedic function. Ed Fitzgerald t / c 10:08, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Wrong. If the films had quotes sections, I and others would object. They belong in Wikiquote, with a few left here per Terraxos' suggestion. Clarityfiend (talk) 09:31, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Sturges's reception, influence, legacy[edit]

Sturges is regarded by many as one of the greatest filmmakers ever, which I don't think this article conveys. There should be a section quoting critics and film historians assessing his legacy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:57, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Sounds good! Go ahead and add it, with citations. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 20:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Image placement[edit]

The image placement in this article did not conform to Manual of Style guidelines and Image Use Policy. I made minimal corrections to improve compliance without significantly altering size or placements. Which looks better:


  • Support changes as originator. Yworo (talk) 18:34, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose as the recipient of Yworo's aggressive and retalaatory wikistalking on this issue (see Talk:Flapper, Talk:Gramercy Park, Talk:Louise Brooks) Beyond My Ken (talk) 18:36, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
    • I'm not wikistalking you, I'm finding your bad image style judgements (which are really bad I might add) and am attempting to fix them. You repeatedly revert my improvements on every article where I try to make them. Yworo (talk) 18:39, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Neither, because both of them are wrong. Yworo incorrectly placed the "Barbara Stanwyck" image before the header, which violates WP:ACCESS#Section_structure. BMK incorrectly positioned images so that the subject is looking off screen, which violates WP:MOSIMAGE. WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:26, 24 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Support. Looks better. However, the image should probably be placed below the header - it doesn't make a difference in the actual appearance, I don't think. Now. What is the problem here? Either placement is acceptable. The alternate placement is not "really bad", its just different. The MOS issues here are minor, and its essentially an aesthetic judgment. Its not worth fighting over. Herostratus (talk) 14:11, 29 October 2010 (UTC)


Link for official website[edit]

In the external links the link for the official website for Preston Sturges is a dead link --- instead of, it should be G_Matusek (talk) 15:31, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Actualy, neither link works. The correct link is Beyond My Ken (talk) 19:55, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Preston Sturges/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

In this article, Sturges is reported to have worked for his stepfather's "store," the Desti Emporium. In the linked official website, operated by his family members, his biography reports that his mother "opened an elegant salon on the rue de la Paix in Paris called the Maison Desti" and then a branch in Deauville, and finally one in New York. I am inclined to believe the family's report, but will hold off editing the page until others weigh in.

There is also the matter of the multiple lengthy quotations of screenplays. Sturges was a hilarious writer and as much as the dialogue is delightful, I think this amount of quoting seems excessive.

TheLadyEve 02:16, 3 January 2007 (UTC)The Lady Eve

Last edited at 02:16, 3 January 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 03:22, 30 April 2016 (UTC)