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Christmas Eve (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 31 October 1947 (USA)
To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reed must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Laurence Stallings (adapted from original stories), Richard H. Landau (adapted from original stories) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Mario Torio
George Brent ... Michael Brooks
Randolph Scott ... Jonathan 'Johnny'
Joan Blondell ... Ann Nelson
Virginia Field ... Claire
Dolores Moran ... Jean Bradford
Ann Harding ... Aunt Matilda
Reginald Denny ... Phillip Hastings
Douglass Dumbrille ... Dr. Bunyan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Dr. Doremus
Dennis Hoey ... Williams-Butler
Clarence Kolb ... Judge Alston
Molly Lamont ... Harriet Rhodes
John Litel ... Joe Bland, FBI Agent
Walter Sande ... Mario's Hood
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Storyline

The greedy nephew of eccentric Matilda Reed seeks to have her judged incompetent so he can administer her wealth; but she will be saved if her three long-lost adopted sons appear for a Christmas Eve reunion. Separate stories reveal Michael as a bankrupt playboy loved by loyal Ann; Mario as a seemingly shady character tangling with a Nazi war criminal in South America; Jonathan as a hard-drinking rodeo rider intent on a flirtatious social worker. Is there hope for Matilda? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinner's Holiday See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Hoey (who played Williams the Butler) was know to fans of the Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes films because he appeared in six of the films playing Inspector Lestrade beginning in "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon" (1942. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Matilda Reed: [Entering the room] I always ring that gong, gentlemen, to warn people to stop talking about me behind my back.
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Soundtracks

When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain
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The Geste Brothers Return Home For The Holidays
8 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a reworking of the plot of Beau Geste, imagine if you will the Geste brothers leaving the Foreign Legion and coming home to save their the lady who raised them as wards from the depredations of her blood nephew and you've got Christmas Eve. Ann Harding took in three orphans and they all went out on their own and haven't really kept in touch with Harding. They've all chosen three different roads of life and they haven't made a great success in any way.

Which leads us into three different stories as each foster son hears about what Harding is going through and her public call for help. The strongest of the stories is Raft's who is leading a Lucky Luciano like exile in South America where he owns a club, has his hands in the local rackets, but can't return to the USA. Of course he gets back as do the others, but the story is in the how.

George Brent is a part time playboy, part time conman who is ready to marry a bankroll in Molly Lamont to the chagrin of longtime girl friend Joan Blondell. The weakest story and silliest is Randolph Scott's who is a rodeo cowboy who while on the way home gets himself involved with Dolores Moran who is a reporter trying to break up a baby adoption racket run by Douglass Dumbrille.

Reginald Denny is the nephew and that's another weakness in the plot. He's actually shown at first to be sincerely concerned about his aunt and truth be told Harding's getting a bit dotty. In the end he's revealed rather suddenly to be not at all as he seems, but it comes from out of nowhere, a bad script weakness.

Despite glaring plot weaknesses, Christmas Eve does survive on its own special brand of charm and I've seen worse during the Holiday season.


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