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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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George Brent ...
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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
Dennis Hoey ...
Clarence Kolb ...
Judge Alston
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Harriet Rhodes
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Joe Bland, FBI Agent
Walter Sande ...
Mario's Hood
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Sinner's Holiday  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

Aunt Matilda Reed: [Entering the room] I always ring that gong, gentlemen, to warn people to stop talking about me behind my back.
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Joy To The World
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Music Arranged by Lowell Mason
Words by Isaac Watts (1719)
Played during the opening credits
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Fine nostalgic presentation
9 December 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I would not have caught this film on AMC, late on a Sunday evening, except I had to be up to receive a business call from Europe, to come early Monday morning there, and after 1 a.m. my time.

My opinion of it would agree - almost word-for-word - with "Rocky's" favorable one of the two prior ones in this comment section.

So I won't add any duplicate detail, except to say that I thought the performances were all credible, and particularly enjoyed the nostalgic aspects as well as the story line itself.

Seeing movies such as this, with stars who have long departed, at points when their careers still had a number of years left, adds an extra dimension, even where the work may fall short of "Citizen Kane, or "Gone With the Wind."

And perhaps of equal - or even greater - interest is seeing such a cast filmed in the mode of productions as made decades ago.

A good, solid 7 or 8* film, but, in my opinion, rating 9* with the cast nostalgia provided,


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