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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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Demented...
25 December 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

11-minute "Miniature" from M-G-M, adapted from Anatole France's story "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame", has a sickly Renaissance juggler nursed back to health by French monks who are preparing for a spring celebration to the Blessed Mother; wanting to help and give thanks, the juggler offers his clubs--his only means of supporting himself--for their material, but is turned down. Rather perplexing religious short, to say the least; it seems to have been produced solely for the sake of that final shot--the rest being utterly unremarkable. Disgruntled monk Hans Conried harbors a troubled nature which goes unexplored, while Edmund Gwenn is poorly costumed and photographed. It takes a lot to make sweet, sincere Edmund Gwenn look bad!


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