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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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, ... See full summary »

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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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HOTTER THAN A FIRECRACKER - MERRIER THAN CHRISTMAS! (original poster-all caps) 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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Mr. E.L. Waterbury: I've been watching you for some time, Mr. MacDonald.
Jimmy MacDonald: Yes, sir. Used to make me kinda nervous.
[squirms in his shirt]
Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Not nervous any more?
Jimmy MacDonald: No, sir.
[squirms in his shirt]
Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Are you a drinking man, then?
Jimmy MacDonald: Sir?
Mr. E.L. Waterbury: This is part of your yesterday's work. I believe your number's 112.
Jimmy MacDonald: Yes, sir.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Santa's Secret Stuff (2007) See more »

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Wistful Preston Sturges romance
27 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Not as well known as "The Lady Eve" or "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," "Christmas in July" was an unusual film for the writer-director Preston Sturges: it's more wistful, less frenetic. Though it's filled with a myriad of those wonderful character actors that Sturges loved to use to fill the frame (including Franklin Pangborn and William Demarest), it's touching in its regard for the struggling young couple (played by Dick Powell and Ellen Drew) who get swept up in the idea of winning a slogan contest ("If you can't sleep, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk!"). The romantic mood seems to be set in the Depression era, reminiscent of the scripts that Sturges wrote for those Depression comedies "The Good Fairy" and "Easy Living": innocents get swept up in mistaken identities and come out winners anyway. Maybe it's not as manic as his classic romantic comedies, but it has its share of hilarious moments and it's full of charm.


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