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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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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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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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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
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Wonderful! Saw it on TCM, you can get it now...
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is touching vintage short that usually appears between movies on TCM during the Christmas season. Now you can get it with the new DVD release of "Christmas In Connecticut" with Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. It's included as a short on the DVD. Now I don't have to try and catch it with my TiVo this holiday season. "Star" is a wonderful Christmas featurette and is highly recommended. Will really get you into the Christmas spirit, guaranteed! The mysterious hitchhiker, Donald Woods, is really interesting. He seems to be guiding each individual through a process of recognizing the real spirit of Christmas. You may remember him from "True Grit" and many other movies. He made no less than 5 features and this featurette in 1945 (although his scenes in "God Is My Co-Pilot" were left on the cutting-room floor).


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