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The Greatest Gift (1942)

Passed  |   |  Short, Drama  |  5 September 1942 (USA)
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Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the ... See full summary »

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Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the monks find a nearly frozen juggler, Bartholomew, and take him in. Fr. Cyprian invites him to stay for the winter. He proves inept at most tasks, is embarrassed by their hospitality, and is too poor to pay. Plus, his vagabond life draws the suspicion of young Fr. Fabian. When spring arrives, Bartholomew is anxious to leave, but Fr. Cyprian asks him to stay while they offer their gifts to Our Lady. The juggler has nothing to give. Should he just slip away? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Grateful Heart is the Greatest Gift of All
22 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Nice MGM short about medieval French monks who find a juggler (Edmund Gwenn) freezing and take him in. The monks spend the winter nights making gifts for a religious ceremony honoring the Virgin Mary. Upon recovering, Gwenn wishes to repay their hospitality. But he is broke and they will not accept the gift of his juggling clubs as they are his only means of making a living. In the end the juggler figures out a way to show his gratitude.

This is pleasant, positive way to spend ten minutes. Obviously it's a religious story so that may not appeal to all. But I think even if you aren't a believer, you can appreciate the humble simplicity of the story and its message. Also, for classic film fans, it's always nice to see Edmund Gwenn and Hans Conried in something you haven't seen before.


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