Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

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At Christmas, three prisoners - Joseph, Albert and Jules - escape from Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to rob a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good. Andre Tochard, the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, exploits the family Ducotel. The three convicts spend Christmas night with the Ducotels and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them. Their pet will help them to fix the situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A strangler... A swindler... A safecracker... Yet you'll love them!

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8 September 1955 (Argentina)  »

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$1,685,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Aldo Ray plays a harmonica without using his hands upon entering the store, the music which is played would be impossible to play without hands and with a standard harmonica, not a chromatic one. See more »

Goofs

The position of the plates that Albert has thrown haphazardly on the Christmas dinner table change positions in the next medium shot. See more »

Quotes

Albert: If crime showed on a man's face, there wouldn't be any mirrors.
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Version of Trasiga änglar (1962) See more »

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Sentimental Moments
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Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Joan Bennett
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A wonderful and unconventional Christmas movie!
21 June 2001 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful, if unconventional, Christmas movie, although it is great fun to watch at any time of the year. As the three convicts, Bogart, Ustinov, and Aldo Ray have wonderful chemistry and camaraderi. Their portrayals are delightful, and are made stronger by the dialogue, which is first rate. Leo G. Carrol and Joan Bennet are touching as married couple, and Basil Rathbone has a delicious turn as the thoroughly unscrupulous and black-hearted cousin Andre. It is on my "Christmas Movies" shelf and we watch it every December without fail.


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