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The Great Rupert (1950)

Passed | | Comedy, Family | 1 March 1950 (USA)
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 ... Joe Mahoney
Rupert ... Rupert the Squirrel
Hugh Sanders ... Mulligan
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Haggerty (as Donald T. Beddoe)
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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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 »

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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

In a self-referential line of dialogue, Amendola remarks that the radio is in the burning house, and he'll miss the Jimmy Durante Show. See more »

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As Rosalinda and Pete are walking along the city sidewalk, the reflection of the camera is visible in the shop windows. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Louie Amendola: Mama, stop worrying. Nothing can happen to her. She's not alone. She's with a man.
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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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(Isn't it a shame that) Christmas comes but once a year
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Composed by Jimmy Durante and Harry Crane

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Brings back great childhood memories.
2 January 2001 | by afotiaSee all my reviews

When I was just a young boy, my uncle took my cousins, my brother and I to see The Great Rupert at an outdoor drive-in. I was nine years old, and Rupert became one of my greatest childhood memories. I thought about the movie during the past 40-50 years...when my daughter was born, I wished she could have seen it...and when my grandson was born, I wished the same for him.

My daughter has been on the internet for years, my wife and I only the past year or so. Recently I decided to see if I could find out if there was a video of The Great Rupert...and would you believe it - there was! I ordered it right away.

My wife and I, my daughter and my grandson watched it together, and although the "special effects" are certainly not "Star Wars"...the story is still heart warming. I recommend the movie for kids of all ages.


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