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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe received star billing despite the fact that she's on camera for only about one minute. 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

Referenced in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
(1880) (uncredited
Written by Will L. Thompson
Played and Sung in Church
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Five of O Henry's Very Best
14 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised when I saw this film was made in the 1950's. I would have guessed the 40's or sooner. It is a real treasure. These stories are, of course, the very epitome of irony. Every story has a "surprise" ending, although, with this writer, we are anticipating a surprise. Some are part of Americana and are ingrained in our memories. The two best, in my estimation, are "The Last Leaf," about a dying girl who is giving up hope. The other, perhaps his most famous story, is the Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi." A young woman and her husband are just beginning their lives and have no money for Christmas presents. They go to great sacrifices to do an act of kindness. The ending is so charming and loving, we should all see it. The quality of each episode is excellent.


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