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The Great Rupert (1950)

A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

László Vadnay (screenplay) (as Laslo Vadnay), James O'Hanlon (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Durante ... Mr. Louie Amendola
Terry Moore ... Rosalinda Amendola
Tom Drake ... Peter 'Pete' Dingle
Frank Orth ... Mr. Frank Dingle
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Katie Dingle
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Amendola
Chick Chandler ... Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin ... Joe Mahoney
Rupert Rupert ... Rupert the Squirrel
Hugh Sanders ... Mulligan
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
Candy Candido Candy Candido ... Molineri - Florist
Clancy Cooper ... Police Lt. Saunders
Harold Goodwin ... Callahan - FBI Man
Frank Cady ... Mr. Taney - Tax Investigator
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Storyline

A Christmas Wish is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Durante) who is down on their luck at Christmas time. Shortly before Christmas, they move into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic rafters. Just when it seems that the holiday will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family's guardian angel, not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever. The film is enlivened with the warmth and sweetness of an unforgettable love story between Terry Moore (of Mighty Joe Young) and Tom Drake (of Meet Me in St. Louis). Rupert the Squirrel (created using George Pal's Academy Award winning animation technique) will charm young and old alike. Jimmy Durante shines when he sings Jingle Bells and other well-loved Christmas carols in the evocative voice that made him one of America's recording legends. Written by Anonymous

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He's not just squirrelin' around! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Wish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It may be reasonable to assume that the writer chose "Amendola" as actor Jimmy Durante's family's last name, given the movie's subject matter. When the Amendolas felt blessed by money from what they thought was from heaven, indeed, the play on words "Amen Dollar," fits perfectly. See more »

Goofs

When Rosalinda is telling Pete about her shoes being too small, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen to drop down and move around on the brick wall to the right of the door behind her. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Fox Home Entertainment DVD release features a restored print of the rerelease version under the title "A Christmas Wish" in both the original black and white, and a new computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

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Take an L
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Rosalinda Needs Shoes
1 October 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION. NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 Christmas MOVIES. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM FARE.

The Great Rupert, is a 1950 comedy family film, produced by George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel and starring Jimmy Durante, Tom Drake and Terry Moore. It is based on a story, written by Ted Allan, which has also been published as a children's book under the title "Willie the Squowse".

The story revolves around a little animated squirrel who, with lots of charm, accidentally helps two economically distressed families overcome their obstacles.

Rosalinda Amendola, the daughter of happy but impoverished former acrobats is in love with the boy next door, aspiring composer Pete Dingle. Though Pete's parents are wealthy, his miserly father Frank insists on hiding his money from his investments in the wall of their family home.

The situation changes when Joe Mahoney, a vaudeville performer has fallen on hard times and has to leave his best friend and stage companion, Rupert a dancing squirrel, in Frank and Rosalinda's town where he will have to fend for himself with the other squirrels and live in a tree. Unsatisfied with tree life, Rupert gains access to the Dingle home and unbeknownst to Frank, has his bed in Frank's hidden cache of money. Rupert decides to clear room in his domicile by throwing Frank's money through a hole so that it floats down into the Amendola household who think the money has come from Heaven in answer to Mrs Amendola's prayers.

Now this is a very funny movie. It has lots of heart. It has charm to spare and more laughs a minute than most comedy's.

The film is also sold under the title "A Christmas Wish". Buy the film under that title. Legend Films has a restoration DVD that is sold through FOX that has the best picture and sound. It also includes a colorized version!


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