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Engagement Party (1956)

TV-PG | | Short, Drama | 1956 (USA)
Carl Landis is feeling unwanted pressure to get married, specifically to his girlfriend Ellen. It's not that he doesn't love her or that they haven't talked about getting married, but he ... See full summary »

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Elliott Winston
Gloria Talbott ...
Ellen (as Gloria Talbot)
Craig Hill ...
Carl Landis
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Judd Landis (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
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Mrs. Landis
Kay Stewart ...
Mary
Paul Keast ...
George
Mike Taylor ...
Harry Landis
Mary Webster ...
Janey
Geraldine Hall ...
Mrs. Winston
Dennis King Jr. ...
Gas Station Attendant
Barbara Woodell ...
S&H Sales Clerk
Nathan Adler ...
Tommy
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Carl Landis is feeling unwanted pressure to get married, specifically to his girlfriend Ellen. It's not that he doesn't love her or that they haven't talked about getting married, but he wants to feel financially secure first. Having recently graduated from business college, Carl is working in the family business, Landis Department Store, which has been his father's dream. While other department stores in neighboring cities are thriving, Landis' is in a slump. This pressure threatens Carl and Ellen's relationship altogether as Carl ponders his professional future. It isn't until Carl goes on a shopping trip with Ellen and subsequently meets Elliott Winston, a friend of Ellen's family, that Carl understands that not all business issues can be learned in school as he gets a better handle on why Landis Department Store is in a slump while other businesses are thriving and thus how to fix the problem so that he can move on with the rest of his life with Ellen. Written by Huggo

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Short | Drama

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TV-PG
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Marriage and Business Savings Stamps
14 July 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Arriving to pick up his girlfriend for a date, handsome business college graduate Craig Hill (as Carl Landis) is surprised to see her opening presents at an engagement party. Due to financial insecurity, Mr. Hill is reluctant to commit. Although she tries to be understanding, fiancée Gloria Talbot (as Ellen) decides to let Hill have his freedom. At one point, she makes the drastic offer to get a job. This shocking suggestion is quickly dismissed. They quickly kiss and make up. Hill works for father Harry Harvey (as Judd), at his struggling Landis Department Store...

Behind the times, the Landis store does not accept popular "S. & H. Green Stamps". When she wants to buy a toaster, Hill must drive Ms. Talbott to another store, because they honor "S. & H. Green Stamps". The couple disagrees about savings stamps. When Hill meets expert businessman Leon Ames (as Elliott Winston), he sees the advantages of "S. & H. Green Stamps" and (hopefully) lives happily ever after. This advertising film made for the Sperry and Hutchinson Co.'s once popular "Green Stamps" is more interesting today for its peak into the idealized 1950s.

***** Engagement Party (1956) Wilhelm Thiele ~ Craig Hill, Gloria Talbott, Leon Ames, Harry Harvey


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