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Christmas Eve (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  31 October 1947 (USA)
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To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reid must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion.

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Ann Nelson
Virginia Field ...
Claire
Dolores Moran ...
Jean Bradford
Ann Harding ...
Aunt Matilda
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Phillip Hastings
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Dr. Bunyan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Harbord ...
Dr. Doremus
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Judge Alston
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Harriet Rhodes
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Joe Bland, FBI Agent
Walter Sande ...
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The greedy nephew of eccentric Matilda Reid seeks to have her judged incompetent so he can administer her wealth; but she will be saved if her three long-lost adopted sons appear for a Christmas Eve reunion. Separate stories reveal Michael as a bankrupt playboy loved by loyal Ann; Mario as a seemingly shady character tangling with a Nazi war criminal in South America; Jonathan as a hard-drinking rodeo rider intent on a flirtatious social worker. Is there hope for Matilda? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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31 October 1947 (USA)  »

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This was the final non-western role for Randolph Scott (Jonathan 'Johnny' in this film). From 1948 until he retired in 1962 he played only roles in westerns. See more »

Quotes

Ann Nelson: Oh, Michael! I thought I was going to lose you because you were a rich man and now you haven't got a quarter! Isn't it wonderful?
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
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Charming!
12 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is absolutely charming. It is fun, keeps you in a bit of suspense and the acting is wonderful. The story is really three in one. Three adopted son's must come home before midnight on Christmas Eve in order to save their mother's home. George Raft is spectacular as the gangster/misfit son and Ann Harding does a great job as the aged mother although that is one roll that may have been played better by someone who was actually elderly. Harding was only in her forties and at times her performance was a bit flawed. Randolph Scott is perfect in his cowpoke roll and Brent is perfect as the playboy. Add in Joan Blondell and Virginia Field and the cast is really complete. The chemistry and sparks between Scott and Field's is so cute. Blondell does what she does best as the blond bombshell. The cast overall is superb and you have the joy of watching three stories unfold. This movie is wonderful to watch any time of the year but especially at Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is shared in that family is more important than self.


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