An eccentric wealthy family facing bankruptcy schemes to steal an inheritance, but an alcoholic ex-actor they take in for Christmas charity complicates their plan.

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Willie Crawford
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Angela Pidgeon
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A wealthy family is preparing for Christmas in their usual stylish fashion. They hit on a bright idea that will make them outstanding during this holiday season among their friends. They will adopt a "lost man" and bring him to their house for the holidays. They find a news story of a washed-up actor who has attempted to commit suicide and bring him to their home. The actor proves far more than they bargained for and he shows them some real truths about giving and living. Written by Anonymous

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FUN For The Whole Family...Come On Down And Meet MR. M...He'll Keep You In Belly Laughs For Months! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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15 July 1945 (USA)  »

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The Castaways  »

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(1949 re-release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Joseph Schildkraut signed a contact with Republic pictures for financial security and in order to do the John Barrymore role in "The Cheaters." In retrospect, Schildkraut characterized the decision as one of THE major mistakes of his life. See more »

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Anthony Marchand aka Mr. M.: Gratitude in most men is usually a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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This was one of my mother's favorite films.
25 April 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I have longed to see this film for years and although I scour the TV guides eagerly each Christmas season, it never seems to appear. This is a truly touching and delightful film. Full of amusement and drama. I can remember looking forward to it each year when I was a child. We always made sure that we saw it, since it was one of my mother's favorites. It's the story of an erudite actor who's fallen on hard times, and is taken in by a vacuous wealthy family over the holidays. He reminds them all of the true meaning of Christmas. It's full of touching sentiment that is on par with It's a Wonderful Life. Even better, I think. I would snap this one up in a second if it was available on video.


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