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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 16 October 1952 (USA)
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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Lamar Trotti (screen play), Richard L. Breen (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Allen ... Sam 'Slick' Brown (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Anne Baxter ... Joanna Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
Jeanne Crain ... Della (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Farley Granger ... Jim (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Charles Laughton ... Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Oscar Levant ... Bill Peoria (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Marilyn Monroe ... Streetwalker (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Jean Peters ... Susan Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
Gregory Ratoff ... Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
Dale Robertson ... Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call")
David Wayne ... Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Richard Widmark ... Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
Joyce Mackenzie ... Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") (scenes deleted) (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Lee Aaker ... J.B. Dorset aka Red Chief (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Richard Rober ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1952 (USA) See more »

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Baghdad on the Subway See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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The bear in "Ransom For Red Chief" is a sun bear. They are found naturally in Southeast Asia, not in Alabama, United States. See more »

Quotes

Sam 'Slick' Brown: Pull yourself together, William! What's a confidence man without confidence?
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The "Ransom of Red Chief" segment was deleted after the film's initial engagements, then restored in the television prints. See more »

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O, Little Town of Bethlehem
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Music by Lewis H. Redner
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The master story teller
3 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

O'Henry's short stories are a joy to read. This master of the genre left behind a number of small gems that never seem to go out of style, as they are timeless. The author had an incredible eye to spot situations in which human beings are shown at a moment of crisis only to have fate intervene with ironic twists.

"O'Henry's Full House" offers five of his best works directed by five distinguished directors. Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry Koster, Henry King and Jean Negulesco do an excellent job in bringing the five stories to the screen adapted by some of Hollywood's best writers of the time in which they were filmed. John Steinbeck does the introductions.

The first story, "The Cop and the Anthem" presents us with Soapy, brilliantly played by Charles Laughton, as a poor homeless person in the middle of a crude winter in New York who wants to be taken to jail in the worst way. He goes to extremes to have him sent to prison, without much luck. David Wayne plays his pal Horace and Marilyn Monroe is seen briefly at the end.

The second installment, "The Clarion Call" shows a police detective, Barney, and his adversary, Johnny, a man to whom he is tied by a loan that stands between them. Dale Robertson is Barney and an annoying Richard Widmark plays the bad guy. Unfortunaly, Mr. Widmark's performance full of silly laughter and tics ruined the story for this viewer.

The third tale is "The Last Leaf". We have two sisters in the middle of a blizzard in Manhattan. Joanna, played by the fine Anne Baxter, who we see after an apparent breakup with her boyfriend, gets pneumonia as a result of her exposure to the elements. Her good sister Susan goes crazy trying to nurse Joanna to health. Enter the painter Behrman, who is the upstairs neighbor to the rescue. Behrman sells his painting in order to buy medicine and when Joanna in her feverish state believes the tree across the street full of dry leaves is an omen, because as the leaves keep falling, so are the chances for her to get well. Thanks to the caring painter, Joanna survives. Jean Peters plays the kind sister and the wonderful Ratoff is the painter.

The fourth segment is the weakest. "The Ransosm of Red Chief" presents us two con men in Alabama kidnapping a young boy who is wiser and acts much older than what the two con men thought. Fred Allen and Oscar Levant play the kidnappers.

The last, and perhaps the best realized story of the O'Henry's stories is the unforgettable "The Gift of the Magi", which is the equivalent to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". As directed by Henry King and played wonderfully by a beautiful Jeanne Crain and the handsome Farley Granger, this is a story about love and sacrifice under the worst possible circumstances. Della and Jim, with their youth, are penniless, yet, they sacrifice whatever little each one has in order to give the other partner a small token as proof of their love.

This is an immensely endearing film thanks to the legacy of O'Henry.


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