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Full House (1952)

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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

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Jim (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
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Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
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Streetwalker (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
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Gregory Ratoff ...
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Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call")
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Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
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Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") (scenes deleted) (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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Richard Rober ...
Chief of Detectives (segment "The Clarion Call")
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Storyline

Five O' Henry stories, each separate. The primary one from the critic's acclaim was "The Cop and the Anthem". Soapy tells fellow bum Horace that he is going to get arrested so he can spend the winter in a nice jail cell. He fails. He can't even accost a woman; she turns out to be a streetwalker. The other stories are "The Clarion Call", "The Last Leaf", "The Ransom of Red Chief", and "The Gift of the Magi". Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A dozen top stars - five famed directors bring you the best stories of O. Henry!

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21 November 1952 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

After the popular and critical success of two British anthology films based on W. Somerset Maugham short stories, Quartet (1948) and Trio (1950), with different casts and crews for each episode, 20th Century-Fox felt that the time was right for an American version of this format. See more »

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In 'The Clarion Call', when Barney Woods comes into the restaurant where Johnny Kernan is having dinner, take a look at the picture of the horse and buggy on the side wall. When the camera is behind Kernan, the horse is running away from him (left to right) but when the shot is behind Woods, it's running the other way - left to right. See more »

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Soapy: It may interest to you to know, my good man, that I and the minutest coin of the realm are total strangers.
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Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (Tales from the Vienna Woods)
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
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O. Henry & Full Star Power
18 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think my mom & I stayed up late one night years ago & watched this; thanks to TCM, I've seen it again & recorded it for posterity.

"Full House" is film versions of five O. Henry short stories & stars the top box office draws of the day. My favorite remains "The Last Leaf," a heart tugger about a love-torn woman (Anne Baxter) & the grumpy abstract artist (Gregory Ratoff) who rescues her from her near-death funk. Marilyn Monroe has a brief appearance as a prostitute who seeks momentary solace in Chas. Laughton's plight in the old chestnut, "The Cop & the Anthem." All five are turn-of-the-20th-century period pieces & are introduced & narrated by writer John "Grapes of Wrath" Steinbeck. I don't know what kind of business this movie did in theaters back in '52, but it probably didn't help that "The Ransom of Red Chief" starred two top radio wonks of the day, Fred Allen & Oscar Levant: Oscar did fare better on screen & on TV than poor old Mr. Allen, although neither could carry 15 to 20 minutes of film.

I've seen this available somewhere on VHS, but you might see it sooner on TCM or premium cable, so check your local listings.


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