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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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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 <>

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




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27 October 1952 (UK)  »

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Baghdad on the Subway  »

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2 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Although known for his surprise endings, the endings of the five tales told here are not all that surprising. The "The Cop and the Anthem" (Rating 6 of 10) is a bit heavy-handed and contrived. In "The Clarion Call" (Rating 7), Widmark not only reunites with "Kiss of Death" director Hathaway but seems to be (over)playing his role from the earlier film. "The Last Leaf" (Rating 8) is touching and well-acted, particularly by Peters. The much-maligned "The Ransom of the Red Chief" (Rating 8) is the only comedy here and is quite amusing. O. Henry's most famous story, "The Gift of the Magi" (Rating 6), is rather unsatisfying. All in all, a mixed bag but well worth watching.

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