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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mr. Louie Amendola
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Mr. Frank Dingle
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Mrs.Katie Dingle
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Mrs. Amendola
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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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He's not just squirrelin' around! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Wish  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $1,500 per week Mr. Dingle is getting from the gold mine would be the equivalent of $14,800 per week in 2015. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont

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21 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Great Rupert is a funny, heart-warming tale of prayer and faith, poverty and philanthropy, in which hard-hearted greed gets its comeuppance and everything turns out for the best. And a cute little dancing squirrel is the agent driving the action behind the scenes!


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