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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

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Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
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Mr. Bildocker
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Mr. Baxter
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Don Hartman, Radio Announcer
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Dick
Adrian Morris ...
Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal ...
Harry
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Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Schwartz
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Mr. Schmidt
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Mr. Zimmerman
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Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
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An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize. As a result, he gets a promotion, buys presents for all of his family and friends, and proposes to his girl. When the truth comes out, he's not prepared for the consequences. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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25 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Das große Los  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Preston Sturges made a cameo appearance as the man listening to the radio while his shoes are being cleaned. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Shindel: Officer, I want all these people arrested.
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Soundtracks

When We're Along (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931)
Words & Music by Will Jason and Val Burton
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A simple story, told perfectly.
28 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite Presto Sturgess film--and I am not sure wonder why it's one of his least famous films. This is because although the story is quite simple, it's presented absolutely perfectly. The dialog, the characters and everything about the production is top-notch. In fact, it's so good I give it a 10--something I actually do pretty rarely. But it has got to be one of the best comedies of its time--in the same league as great comedies such as "Bringing Up Baby", "His Girl Friday" and "Arsenic and Old Lace" (all, incidentally, which starred Cary Grant).

The film stars Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. I have always liked Powell in films where he didn't sing--he had a nice presence about him and was underrated as an actor. As for Powell, he, too, hated the singing in all his earlier films and I am sure he liked having a break in the usual routine. However, if you've seen many of writer/director Sturgess' films, you'll know that the real stars of his movies are the wonderful supporting characters. Raymond Walburn is simply terrific but Franklin Pangborn, William Demerest (who seems to be in almost EVERY Sturgess film) and Ernest Truex are just wonderful and add so much color to the movie.

Powell plays a guy who is always entering jingle contests (something rather popular back in the good 'ol days) but keeps failing. He is especially excited about a coffee company that is giving away a $25,000 first prize--and that's all he thinks about or talks of to his fiancé or at work. To play a joke on him (a very, very unfunny one), one of his co-workers decide to send him a phony telegram saying he's won this contest. As soon as this occurs, an unexpected chain of events takes place and the joke goes spiraling out of control. I'd say more, but I don't want to ruin the film. Just see the movie--it will give you quite a few laugh out loud moments and is clever and supremely well-constructed. A must-see.


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