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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Ann Nelson
Virginia Field ...
Dolores Moran ...
Jean Bradford
Ann Harding ...
Aunt Matilda
Phillip Hastings
Dr. Bunyan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Harbord ...
Dr. Doremus
Dennis Hoey ...
Clarence Kolb ...
Judge Alston
Harriet Rhodes
Joe Bland, FBI Agent
Walter Sande ...
Mario's Hood


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 <>

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Release Date:

31 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinner's Holiday  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great Christmas Film from 1947
24 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed seeing this film which has a Christmas theme and concerns three adopted men who have gone in different places in the world after being adopted by their Aunt Matilda Reed, (Ann Harding). George Raft, (Mario Torio) had a background of serving time in prison and escaping into a foreign county. The second adopted son is George Brent,(Michael Brooks) who is a con-artist and the third son is Randolph Scott, (Johnny) who is an alcoholic and is a sort of burned out cowboy from the West. Their Aunt Matilda wants to locate these adopted sons and have them at her house on Christmas eve. The reason she wants to bring the family together is she is fearful her nephew is trying to cheat her out of her fortune, as she is very rich. This story goes into great detail about each of her sons which is very interesting with plenty of comedy, drama and even three babies get involved. Cute Film.

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