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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

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Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr ...
Mr. Shindel
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Mr. Bildocker
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Mr. Baxter
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Don Hartman, Radio Announcer
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Dick
Adrian Morris ...
Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal ...
Harry
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Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Schwartz
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Mr. Schmidt
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Mr. Zimmerman
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Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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25 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

Betty Casey: Bye, Mr. Heilhitler!
Mr. Hillbeiner: [beat] Close enough!
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Soundtracks

When We're Along (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931)
Words & Music by Will Jason and Val Burton
Used as background music behind Dick Powell and Ellen Drew in rooftop scene, and later throughout the film.
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How a film ought to be made.
1 October 1999 | by (Berkeley) – See all my reviews

I'm a film buff...I watch movies of all sorts all the time. But Christmas In July may well be my favorite film of all time. It is well-constructed, tightly executed, and just plain hilarious. I've never laughed harder at any film then I did during the seen where Dr. Maxford gives Jimmy the check.

As always Bill Demerest is great. The entire cast shines in this film. I'd advise anyone striving to become a writer/director of films to study this film. This is how it ought to be done.


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