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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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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")
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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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"O. Henry's Full House" is a film divided in five segments telling five tales in the beginning of the Twentieth Century. 1) "The Cop and the Anthem": the winter is coming and the homeless drifter Soapy wants to go to jail for three months to get shelter and food. His partner Horace suggests they look for shelter with the Salvation Army, but Soapy refuses. He forces many situations to be arrested but he is always forgiven. When he goes to the church, there is a miracle and Soapy decides to seek a job position. Will he succeed? 2) "The Clarion Call": when a thief kills a man, the police investigators do not have any lead to follow. Police Sergeant Barney Woods sees a pen that was found in the crime scene and he seeks out a man called Johnny Kernan. He finds Johnny that invites Barney to drink with him and they go to his hotel room. Johnny recalls their youth, when they were friends but Barney tells that he must arrest him since he recognized the pen that belonged to Johnny. However the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Trivia

When preview critics felt that "The Ransom of Red Chief" episode was weak, it was cut from the official premiere prints. When the film was released to television in the early 60's, the sequence was restored. See more »

Goofs

In the first segment, as the man who had the umbrella run off, a shadow of the camera can be seen on Horace's back. See more »

Quotes

Sam 'Slick' Brown: Pull yourself together, William! What's a confidence man without confidence?
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Connections

Version of The Last Leaf (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Played on the radio
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notable for the cast

One cannot really make a pastiche movie like this hang together as a coherent whole, but this oddity is interesting for the contributions of the high-powered cast: standing out are Charles Laughton, a disturbingly nasty Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, and the drily comic Fred Allen, of whom we don't have enough of a film record. However, Oscar Levant's acting skills are really nonexistent; he should have stuck to his career as a musician and professional neurotic. Look for Marilyn Monroe in a cameo in "The Cop & the Anthem".


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