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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  18 October 1940 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jimmy MacDonald
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Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn ...
Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
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Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex ...
Mr. J.B. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn ...
Don Hartman
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Waterbury
Rod Cameron ...
Dick
Adrian Morris ...
Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal ...
Harry
Georgia Caine ...
Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer ...
Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen ...
Mr. Zimmerman
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Storyline

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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contest | slogan | telegram | coffee | clerk | See more »

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THE FREEZE-UP OF A HOT ROMANCE THAT IS THAWED OUT...BY LAUGHTER! (original herald-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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18 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

The working title of this film was "A Cup Of Coffee". See more »

Quotes

Don Hartman: I wish I could have given you the news you were so anxious to hear. But since I could not, I will conclude with what the prisoner said when the hangman couldn't find the rope: "No noose is good noose".
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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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