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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

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Preston Sturges

Writer:

Preston Sturges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Jimmy MacDonald
Ellen Drew ... Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn ... Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr Alexander Carr ... Mr. Shindel
William Demarest ... Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex ... Mr. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn ... Don Hartman - Radio Announcer
Rod Cameron ... Dick
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal Harry Rosenthal ... Harry
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer ... Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen ... Mr. Zimmerman
Al Bridge ... Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
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Storyline

An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize. As a result, he gets a promotion, buys presents for all of his family and friends, and proposes to his girl. When the truth comes out, he's not prepared for the consequences. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THE FREEZE-UP OF A HOT ROMANCE THAT IS THAWED OUT...BY LAUGHTER! (original herald-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cup of Coffee See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sturges helped invent the gadget sofa demonstrated in the department store scene. See more »

Quotes

Betty Casey: Bye, Mr. Heilhitler!
Mr. Hillbeiner: [beat] Close enough!
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Connections

Referenced in Radio Days (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

When We're Along (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931)
Words & Music by Will Jason and Val Burton
Used as background music behind Dick Powell and Ellen Drew in rooftop scene, and later throughout the film.
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Smarter than you may at first think.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

On the surface this effort from the brilliant Preston Sturges looks like a standard sugar coated feel good movie, but strip away the outer skin and you get a delightful collage of comedy, romance, satire, drama, and nudge nudge observations about hunger of wealth and all the spin offs that wealth creates.

I don't deem it unfair to state that the films core plot of frivolity may not be to everyone's taste, but to me personally it ticks all the boxes for a joyride with more at its heart. The pace of the film is more in keeping with screwball comedies of the great era, but that is not to say that the film doesn't shift down a gear for poignant reflection, because it does, but ultimately the film is full of hilarity from many quarters, that is acted out accordingly from a sparky cast, and of course directed by a deity .

A joyous winner that prods you in the ribs and gives a cheeky wink along the way. 9/10


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