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Star in the Night (1945)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Family | 13 October 1945 (USA)

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It's Christmas Eve. Three cowboys have just bought out a store of items as Christmas presents, despite not having anyone to give the presents to. While two of them admit to wanting to ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Nick Catapoli
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It's Christmas Eve. Three cowboys have just bought out a store of items as Christmas presents, despite not having anyone to give the presents to. While two of them admit to wanting to impress the pretty sales clerk, the third just felt good buying gifts to give to someone. Riding through the dark desert on horseback, they see a flashing star off in the distance, which they ride over to investigate. The newly purchased second hand star is a sign just erected by Nick Catapoli for his business, the Star Auto Court. Nick has no Christmas spirit, especially as he deals with the problems of customers, this despite his wife Rosa serving all their customers with a smile and warm heart. He believes most people are hypocrites in that they espouse this spirit at this one time of the year while not having it any other time. As such, he does not want to extend his lobby as shelter for a drifter who just wants to come in from the cold for a little while. Although the drifter tries to explain the ... Written by Huggo

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Classics of the Screen (1952-1953 season) #4: Star in the Night  »

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Although not credited by choice, Star in the Night was co-written by Betty Smith who, at the time, was romantically involved with credited screen writer Bob Finch. The screen adaptation of Smith's best-selling novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was also released in 1945. See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by a chorus at the end
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Updating the Nativity story...
13 December 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

J. CARROL NAISH gives his standard Italian accent a real workout in this story about a bitter man fed up with Christmas, attracting patrons to his hotel/diner by putting a big electric star outside. Some of his crusty customers gradually change their ways when a woman named Maria and a man called Jose arrive seeking shelter. There's no room at the inn so Naish gives them shelter in the barn.

Meanwhile, watching all of this unfold, is a humble traveler, DONALD WOODS, who gives the most sincere performance of all as a man who urges Naish to accept the Christmas message of good will toward men.

When, at midnight, a baby is born to the young woman, everyone pitches in to do what they can for the young couple. Even three stragglers, symbolizing the Three Wise Men, are eager to offer gifts.

Simplistic fable is a bit obvious by today's standards, the kind of sentimental tale that only a Frank Capra could really pull off, but Don Siegel does a good job of getting believable performances from Naish and Woods, especially.

Won an Oscar for the year's Best Short Subject.


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