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The Great Rupert (1950)

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

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Complete credited cast:
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Mr. Louie Amendola
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Rosalinda Amendola
Tom Drake ...
Peter 'Pete' Dingle
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Frank Dingle
Sara Haden ...
Mrs.Katie Dingle
Queenie Smith ...
Mrs. Amendola
Chick Chandler ...
Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin ...
Joe Mahoney
Rupert ...
Himself the Squirrel
Hugh Sanders ...
Mulligan
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Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
Candy Candido ...
Molineri - Florist
Clancy Cooper ...
Police Lt. Saunders
Harold Goodwin ...
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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Christmas miracles do happen See more »

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Comedy | Family

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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Jimmy Durante was actually a last minute addition to the cast. As a result, Terry Moore's billing was dropped from first to second. The script was also modified to allow for Durante-style patter and songs. See more »

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(Isn't it a shame that) Christmas comes but once a year
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Composed by Jimmy Durante and Harry Crane
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A Hidden Treasure!
24 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Until recently I had never heard of this film. After seeing some reviews on Amazon.com, I had to see it. Well, all I can say is why isn't this film known as a classic Christmas film like Miracle on 34th Street. What a delightful movie! This is perfect family fare- This is the kind of movie I only wish they would make today. Jimmy Durante is as usual the lovable looser! He is perfect for the role of Terry Moore's father. The original title of this film was 'The Great Rupert', Rupert being a magical squirrel – The use of a puppet type squirrel was very innovative in 1950, but of course is very campy by today's standards. It would be interesting to see what they could do with today's technology. All in all this is a fun family film that is a must for all to see- Now that it is available on DVD maybe more people will get the opportunity to see it. If you have not yet gone over to DVD, be aware that this film is also available on VHS. Take a chance; I think you will enjoy it!


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