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
This George Pal classic is a nice story for the family. It's a definite morality play, but with a fun comical twist. Rupert (the "animated" squirrel) ends up being a catalyst to set the fun in motion for everyone involved, though nobody really knows.
Jimmie Durante is ok in this film. This is not his best. Don't expect a lot, but do expect some fun. I hope families could try to get together and enjoy this forgotten holiday classic (as it should of been remembered).
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