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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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Nick Catapoli
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Rosina Galli ...
Rosa Catapoli
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Cowboy (as Dick Erdman)
Lynn Baggett ...
Maria Santos
John Miles ...
Cowboy (as Johnny Miles)
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José Santos (as Tony Caruso)
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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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This was director Don Siegel's first commercial theatrical release. See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Sung by one of the cowboys at the beginning
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So Simple ,so WONDERFUL
20 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We were getting ready to leave our traditional family Christmas Eve 2009 gathering, when this short film aired. My aunt and I started to watch it as everyone was getting their coats. We were glued to the movie as my cousins kept asking my aunt to get ready. When it was over my aunt said this really "made" her Christmas.

This short film captures the true meaning of Christmas." Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, good will toward men!" as the angels declared.

I really enjoy when I find classic movies like this one. Seems many of the script writers,directors and producers in this era were extremely talented at expressing the simple values of life on the screen.


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