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The Great Rupert (1950)

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

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Complete credited cast:
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Rosalinda Amendola
Tom Drake ...
Peter 'Pete' Dingle
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Frank Dingle
Sara Haden ...
Mrs.Katie Dingle
Queenie Smith ...
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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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Wish  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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It may be reasonable to assume that the writer chose "Amendola" as actor Jimmy Durante's family's last name given the movie's subject matter. When the Amendola's felt blessed by money from what they thought was from heaven, indeed, the play on words "Amen Dollar," fits perfectly. See more »

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Rupert
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Written by Fred Spielman, Buddy Kaye
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21 January 1999 | by (Old Forge, Pa) – 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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