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


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)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 26, 1944 with Dick Powell reprising his film role. See more »


Betty Casey: Bye, Mr. Heilhitler!
Mr. Hillbeiner: [beat] Close enough!
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Santa's Secret Stuff (2007) See more »

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Enjoyable Sturges flick...
15 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This may be my favorite Preston Sturges film. It's as well written and well crafted as anything he made after it. Sturges had a knack for creating unique characters and throwing them into even more unique situations.

Jimmy MacDonald is absolutely determined to make money the easy way; by winning a contest. A few of his coworkers, aware of his desperation to win an upcoming contest, decide to send him a telegram in order to make him believe he's won the recent contest, along with the enormous cash reward. What begins as a cruel little joke (to find out how Jimmy would react to winning) becomes something much bigger. It wouldn't make sense for me to explain the plot any further; much of the enjoyment in watching the film comes from how it unpredictably unfolds.

"Christmas in July" is rather unusual in comparison to some of Sturges other movies, namely his two most famous films, "The Lady Eve" and "The Palm Beach Story". It contains more pathos and less sexual innuendos, but it never becomes cheap, manipulative melodrama. It's also quite short in comparison to his other movies, but it's all the better for it.

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