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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 ...
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Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
Candy Candido ...
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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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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 »

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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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Written by Fred Spielman, Buddy Kaye
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Brings back great childhood memories.
2 January 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When I was just a young boy, my uncle took my cousins, my brother and I to see The Great Rupert at an outdoor drive-in. I was nine years old, and Rupert became one of my greatest childhood memories. I thought about the movie during the past 40-50 years...when my daughter was born, I wished she could have seen it...and when my grandson was born, I wished the same for him.

My daughter has been on the internet for years, my wife and I only the past year or so. Recently I decided to see if I could find out if there was a video of The Great Rupert...and would you believe it - there was! I ordered it right away.

My wife and I, my daughter and my grandson watched it together, and although the "special effects" are certainly not "Star Wars"...the story is still heart warming. I recommend the movie for kids of all ages.


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