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Cary Grant plays an angel who brightens everybody's day.
Holiday favorite with a fine cast. Cary Grant is the angel who entrances women the way Peter O'Toole did in 'What's New, Pussycat" but we're on a little firmer moral ground here. Fine supporting cast includes James Gleason as the skating taxi cab driver and Monty Wooley as the history professor.
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