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Christmas in July (1940)

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

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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

Sturges helped invent the gadget sofa demonstrated in the department store scene. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maxford: ... and I said you can stay here 'til *Hoboken* freezes over! I should have fired the whole bunch of 'em!
Don Hartman: I was mortified.
Dr. Maxford: The biggest moment in commercial annals muffed by a gang of horse whistles who wouldn't know a slogan from a... ma-ma-ma... a poke in the eye with a stick!
Don Hartman: I thought I'd die of embarrassment.
Dr. Maxford: I wish they died a lockjaw. What good are these contests anyway? They interrupt the entire organization - they make ya millions of enemies - and all they prove is you're making too ...
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A treat any time of the year.
26 March 2003 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Could this be one of Preston Sturges's most profound comedies?

In addition to being one of the funniest and most underappreciated. In "Sullivan's Travels," Preston Sturges has the

Joel McCrea character speak admiringly of fellow director Frank

Capra. In "Christmas in July" possibly Sturges was trying to teach

Capra how to handle sentiment without falling into sentimentality --

the scene where Dick Powell is handing out presents to his

neighbors, and he gives a doll to a crippled girl in a wheelchair --

a remarkably tender moment in the midst of a hectic scene -- done

with just the right touch, One of my favorite lines occurs when

bug-eyed Raymond Walburn sarcastically tells contest-winner

Powell, "I can't wait to give you my money!" Sturges also shows

that you can have plot complications without resorting to villains --

no Capraesque class warfare here -- rich and poor are equally

lovable -- even gruff William Demarest.


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