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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 27 October 1952 (UK)
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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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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Sam 'Slick' Brown: [Being chased by a bear] We're going up a tree, William!
Bill Peoria: Can bears climb trees?
Sam 'Slick' Brown: Here he comes! We'll soon find out!
Sam 'Slick' Brown: [after shimmying up the tree] William, I think it's a cinnamon bear.
Bill Peoria: I don't care what flavor he is. He's more apt to taste me.
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Joy to the World
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Music by Lowell Mason (1836)
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
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Every segment a winner
4 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV as a child in the 1960s, and never watched it again until now (2005), but it's strange how many characters and even specific shots lingered in my mind all those years. This is a gem that has something for everyone: sentimentality, humor, pathos, and loads of good performances. "The Cop and the Anthem" is probably the most tightly written of them all, with subtle touches of humor throughout (besides the most obvious gags). If I had to single out one performer who delighted me the most it would be David Wayne, doing a twitchy down-and-outer playing off of Laughton's haughty tramp (especially just having seen him play a totally different character in ADAM'S RIB just a week ago).

As an old thespian friend of mine would say, "The Last Leaf" could bring a tear to a glass eye. And in "Red Chief," Fred Allen and Oscar Levant make a strange but fun team.

Not having seen Richard Widmark in the other movie mentioned in reviewer's comments, I could only think how much he reminded me of Frank Gorshin in various roles he played in the 60s. Watch this segment again and think "Frank."

Your whole family will like this movie. Why doesn't someone bring it out nice and crispy clean on DVD?


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