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The Great Rupert (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 1 March 1950 (USA)
A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

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Rosalinda Amendola
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Peter 'Pete' Dingle
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Mr. Frank Dingle
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Mrs.Katie Dingle
Queenie Smith ...
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Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin ...
Joe Mahoney
Rupert ...
Rupert the Squirrel
Hugh Sanders ...
Mulligan
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Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
Candy Candido ...
Molineri - Florist
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Police Lt. Saunders
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Callahan - F.B.I. Man
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Mr. Taney - Tax Investigator
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A Christmas Wish is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Durante) who is down on their luck at Christmas time. Shortly before Christmas, they move into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic rafters. Just when it seems that the holiday will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family's guardian angel, not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever. The film is enlivened with the warmth and sweetness of an unforgettable love story between Terry Moore (of Mighty Joe Young) and Tom Drake (of Meet Me in St. Louis). Rupert the Squirrel (created using George Pal's Academy Award winning animation technique) will charm young and old alike. Jimmy Durante shines when he sings Jingle Bells and other well-loved Christmas carols in the evocative voice that made him one of America's recording legends. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family

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Trivia

The stop-motion animation used in creating the illusion of a dancing squirrel (Rupert) was so realistic that director George Pal received many inquiries as to where he got a squirrel that was trained to dance. See more »

Goofs

When Rosalinda is telling Pete about her shoes being too small, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen to drop down and move around on the brick wall to the right of the door behind her. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

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Composed by Jimmy Durante

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Cute and quirky -- great for young kids.
5 March 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

An odd little movie with a nice "b" cast (Besides Durante, there's Tom Drake from "Meet Me in St. Louis," Terry Moore from "Mighty Joe Young") and a truly original comic plot-twist as the premise. A cute puppet squirrel makes this a fun movie for young children, and I recommend it for the parents too, if you like obscure old movies -- you really can't predict where this story is headed.


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