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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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If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk! 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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This film was based on a play called "A Cup of Coffee" which Preston Sturges wrote in the summer of 1931. The play also features a character named Jimmy MacDonald who works for a coffee company and enters a contest for a rival company with the slogan "If you can't sleep at night it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk." Much of the play's plot and supporting characters were changed for the film, but the dialogue between Jimmy and his girlfriend about his slogan is repeated almost verbatim. "A Cup of Coffee" was never produced in Sturges' lifetime, but it was eventually staged by the New York theater company Soho Rep in a production that opened in March of 1988, fifty-seven years after the play was written and twenty-nine years after Sturges' death. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maxford: [to Hartman] Of all the confounded...
[knock]
Dr. Maxford: [shouts] Come in!
Jimmy MacDonald: How da you do, sir? I suppose I have the honor of addressing Dr. Maxford, I presume?
Dr. Maxford: That's right. And this is my announcer Don Hartman.
Jimmy MacDonald: Well, Mr. Hartman. It certainly is a pleasure to meet you. I've certainly enjoyed your personality on the air.
Don Hartman: [pleased] Eh, congratulations to you!
Jimmy MacDonald: Thank you. Here's the telegram, Mr. Maxford... uh, Dr. Maxford.
Dr. Maxford: Yes, yes, yes.
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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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