Full House (1952)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  27 October 1952 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Streetwalker (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Gregory Ratoff ...
Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call")
Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") (scenes deleted) (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Richard Rober ...
Chief of Detectives (segment "The Clarion Call")


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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Release Date:

27 October 1952 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Baghdad on the Subway  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film has always been billed and known as "O. Henry's Full House", never as "Full House" as it's headlined here. See more »


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Version of The Last Leaf (1917) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played and sung often during the Clarion Call segment
Sung by Richard Widmark, Dale Robertson and Abe Dinovitch
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Who's playing Santa?
7 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film some 45 years ago, I recognized Francis Ford in the last episode, "The Gift of the Magi," as the street corner Santa whom Jeanne Crain addresses as Mr. Schultz and inquires about his lumbago. He appears in three scenes, and despite the fact that his face is partially hidden by his beard, his bloated eyes and deep bronchial voice with that trademark Maine accent seem unmistakeably Fordian. Ford, older brother of legendary director John Ford, appeared periodically for Fox during this time, and I chalked this up as another one of his uncredited roles.

Recently watching the film on DVD, I checked out IMDb's cast and saw perennial movie policeman Fred Kelsey credited as Santa. Kelsey, who made a career of playing cops, doesn't seem to be in the film in his traditional role in a movie that has numerous police parts.

If that isn't Kelsey as Santa, then why is he billed in the film's credits? I suspect he's not in the film at all. The film underwent severe cutting after previews and elements of the prologue and the entire "Ransom of Red Chief" episode were eliminated, not to be reinstated until the film's TV premiere in the early 60's.

I think there are problems with the film's opening credits. The first billed supporting player after the twelve stars is supposedly Joyce MacKenzie in the role of Hazel. Neither MacKenzie nor a character named Hazel appears in the current DVD version film either.

One last point: Kelsey spent the 1940's and early 50's in Columbia shorts and is visible in uncredited bits in Warner films, not at Fox. Please check out the three Santa Claus scenes and come to your own conclusions as to who's playing Santa.

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