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 overview, first billed only:
Raymond Walburn ...
Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex ...
Mr. Baxter
Don Hartman, Radio Announcer
Rod Cameron ...
Adrian Morris ...
Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal ...
Georgia Caine ...
Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer ...
Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen ...
Mr. Zimmerman
Al Bridge ...
Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das große Los  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Preston Sturges made a cameo appearance as the man listening to the radio while his shoes are being cleaned. See more »


Betty Casey: Why?
Mr. J.B. Baxter: I'm no genius. I didn't hang on to my father's money by backing my own judgment, you know. I make mistakes every day. Sometimes, several times a day. I have a whole warehouse *full* of mistakes. I should say it *would* make a difference. You see, I think your ideas are good, because they sound good to me. But I know your ideas are good, because you won this contest over millions of aspirants.
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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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