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A Night Before Christmas (1942)

Larceny, Inc (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1942 (USA)
Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Edwin Gilbert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... 'Pressure' Maxwell
Jane Wyman ... Denny Costello
Broderick Crawford ... Jug Martin
Jack Carson ... Jeff Randolph
Anthony Quinn ... Leo Dexter
Edward Brophy ... Weepy Davis
Harry Davenport ... Homer Bigelow
John Qualen ... Sam Bachrach
Barbara Jo Allen ... Mademoiselle Gloria
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Aspinwall
Jackie Gleason ... Hobart (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Andrew Tombes ... Oscar Engelhart
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Smitty (as Joseph Downing)
George Meeker ... Mr. Jackson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Anton Copoulos
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Storyline

Three bumbling crooks buy a store so that they can rob the bank next door. When they soon discover the money they can make as legitimate businessmen, they abandon their plan. Trouble is, one of their cohorts, who's escaped from jail, won't let them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

Shut your mouth or I'll steal the gold right out of your teeth ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

When aired on Turner Classic Movies network, TCM, it airs under its original title, Larceny, Inc. See more »

Goofs

During the montage of several types of sales promotions for the store, Maxwell watches an advertising truck pass by. This sequence shows two close ups of Maxwell, the second is a reversed shot, since the writing on the building behind him is suddenly flipped left-for-right. See more »

Quotes

Jug Martin: The situation calls for strategy.
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Connections

Remade as Gomer Pyle: USMC: Dynamite Diner (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
Played by the Mission band and sung by the Mission singers on Christmas Eve
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funny
16 August 2000 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

The Warner bros, was my favorite studio from the Hollywood system between 1930-45. They make social films, gangster movies, romantic melodramas, musical comedies, and sometimes robust comedies like this one. Here, the great E.G. Robinson makes funs of his bad guys role, like he will do a few years later in Brother Orchid. Dialogues are very funny and the situations, very simples, are hilarious. Good laughs!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Before Christmas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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