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Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)

At an orphanage, the children are sad because they received broken toys as gifts. Professor Grampy sees the children while passing by in his sled and has an idea on how to give them a merry Christmas.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Grampy (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Orphans (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The children at the orphanage are thrilled to wake up and find plenty of new toys on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, all of them break or fall apart within a few seconds. Prof. Grampy, the inventor, passes by in his motorized sled and hears the wailing of the disappointed orphans, which brings him to the door to investigate. When he learns what is wrong, he puts on his thinking cap and quickly comes up with a plan to make everything all right. He sneaks into the kitchen through the window, takes out every pot, pan, plate, spoon, etc., and builds better toys than the kids could have dreamed of. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trivia

This short was Professor Grampy's only film without Betty Boop. It is also the character's only film in color. See more »

Connections

Featured in Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Over at Grampy's House
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Timberg
[Played when Grampy puts his plan into action]
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eulogy to simplicity
4 November 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

one of seductive short films. for atmosphere, songs and simplicity. for noble subject and for the smart doctor changing everything in ingenious manner. short, a must see. not only as Christmas film but for ideas and for touching feeling about happiness and generosity. so, a lovely film. and, I admit, one of my favorites.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weihnachten gibt's nur einmal im Jahr See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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