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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Raymond Walburn ...
Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
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Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex ...
Mr. Baxter
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Don Hartman, Radio Announcer
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
Al Bridge ...
Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
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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, 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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18 October 1940 (USA)  »

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If adjusted for inflation the grand prize of $25,000 would be equivalent to $421,000 in 2014. See more »

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Jimmy MacDonald: It'll be kinda hard to face that... gang, tomorrow morning from behind a desk.
Mr. J.B. Baxter: It would be just as hard to face them from in here, if you didn't *belong* here - uneasy lies the head...
Betty Casey: He *does* belong in here, Mr. Baxter.
Mr. J.B. Baxter: Now what is the joke this time?
Betty Casey: He belongs in here because he thinks he belongs in here, because he thinks he...
Mr. J.B. Baxter: Oh, that's all very deep dish and high fallutin', but from a practical...
Betty Casey: It is practical, Mr. Baxter. It's the most practical idea you ever had. He belongs in ...
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Wistful Preston Sturges romance
27 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Not as well known as "The Lady Eve" or "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," "Christmas in July" was an unusual film for the writer-director Preston Sturges: it's more wistful, less frenetic. Though it's filled with a myriad of those wonderful character actors that Sturges loved to use to fill the frame (including Franklin Pangborn and William Demarest), it's touching in its regard for the struggling young couple (played by Dick Powell and Ellen Drew) who get swept up in the idea of winning a slogan contest ("If you can't sleep, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk!"). The romantic mood seems to be set in the Depression era, reminiscent of the scripts that Sturges wrote for those Depression comedies "The Good Fairy" and "Easy Living": innocents get swept up in mistaken identities and come out winners anyway. Maybe it's not as manic as his classic romantic comedies, but it has its share of hilarious moments and it's full of charm.


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