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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
Ernest Truex ...
Mr. J.B. Baxter
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Mr. Bildocker
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
Franklin Pangborn ...
Don Hartman
Adrian Morris ...
Tom (as Michael Morris)
Rod Cameron ...
Dick
Harry Rosenthal ...
Harry
Georgia Caine ...
Mrs. MacDonald
Torben Meyer ...
Mr. Schmidt
Al Bridge ...
Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
Lucille Ward ...
Mrs. Casey
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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

Jimmy MacDonald: I don't know whether you've ever had anything like this happen to you, Dr. Maxford, but to be poor and unknown one minute and be sitting on top of the world the next minute - that's a feeling that *nobody* can ever take away from me.
Dr. Maxford: Well, I'll be... I'll be... I'll be...
Jimmy MacDonald: To know I won this contest because I thought up a better slogan than anyone else means more to me than anything else on earth and I'll tell ya why...
Dr. Maxford: If you wou -
Jimmy MacDonald: You see, I used ta *think* that maybe I had good ideas and was ...
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A gem!
7 May 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Joyous dose of whimsy from writer-director Preston Sturges, who always managed to wring both sentiment and cynicism from a fairy tale premise. Here, Dick Powell is a working-class guy who's under the impression he's won $25,000 in a coffee-slogan contest. Short at 70 minutes, but sharp as a tack, this is a wonderful stroll through Hollywood's Golden Era. Powell is terrific and Ellen Drew is equally good as his sweetheart. Watch it and enjoy! ***1/2 from ****


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