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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 16 October 1952 (USA)
John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

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Lamar Trotti (screen play), Richard L. Breen (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Allen ... Samuel Brown (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Anne Baxter ... Joanna Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
Jeanne Crain ... Della Young (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Farley Granger ... Jim Young (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Charles Laughton ... Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Oscar Levant ... William Smith (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Marilyn Monroe ... Streetwalker (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Jean Peters ... Susan Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
Gregory Ratoff ... Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
Dale Robertson ... Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call")
David Wayne ... Horace (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Richard Widmark ... Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
Joyce Mackenzie ... Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") (scenes deleted) (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Lee Aaker ... J.B. Dorset (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Richard Rober ... Chief of Detectives (segment "The Clarion Call")
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Storyline

"O. Henry's Full House" is a film divided into five segments telling five tales at the beginning of the twentieth century. 1) "The Cop and the Anthem": The winter is coming and the homeless drifter Soapy wants to go to jail for three months to get shelter and food. His partner Horace suggests they look for shelter with the Salvation Army, but Soapy refuses. He forces many situations to be arrested, but he is always forgiven. When he goes to the church, there is a miracle and Soapy decides to seek a job position. Will he succeed? 2) "The Clarion Call": When a thief kills a man, the police investigators do not have any lead to follow. Police Sergeant Barney Woods sees a pen that was found in the crime scene and he seeks out a man called Johnny Kernan. He finds Johnny, who invites Barney to drink with him, and they go to his hotel room. Johnny recalls their youth, when they were friends, but Barney tells him that he must arrest him since he recognized the pen that belonged to Johnny. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A dozen top stars - five famed directors bring you the best stories of O. Henry!

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Trivia

A 1912 film by Alice Guy, Falling Leaves, has a very similar plot line to The Last Leaf See more »

Goofs

In 'The Last Leaf', an ambulance arrives ringing its bells to carry away a dead person. The ambulance also leaves while ringing its bells. In both cases, there is no emergency, and thus bells would not be necessary. See more »

Quotes

Bill Peoria (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): How much you gonna ask for him?
Sam 'Slick' Brown (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): I intended opening up with a bid of 2,000.
Bill Peoria (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): Two thousand? I think you're overestimating this kid's charm.
Sam 'Slick' Brown (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): The trouble with you is you don't understand human nature. The blacker the sheep, the quicker they bail 'em out. And if I'm any judge of black sheep, we have come up with a collector's item.
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Alternate Versions

The "Ransom of Red Chief" segment was deleted after the film's initial engagements, then restored in the television prints. See more »

Connections

Version of O. Henry's Christmas (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played and sung often during the Clarion Call segment
Sung by Richard Widmark, Dale Robertson and Abe Dinovitch
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Needs to be on video
25 December 2002 | by genehammSee all my reviews

I'm amazed this film has never been put on video or DVD. If the people in the video department at Fox were smart they would release it every Christmas, since one of the short stories it includes is The Gift of the Magi. Another is the Cop and the Anthem, where Charles Laughton plays a tramp trying unsuccessfully to get himself arrested at Christmas so he can get a warm cell to sleep in. (Red Skelton used that story every Christmas for his Freddy the Freeloader character). As a kid I was a Warner Brothers fan, but this is the one Fox movie I never missed when it came on TV. O. Henry wrote great short stories with twist endings that influenced such TV anthology series as Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock presents. Included here is The Clarion Call, a nice tight little film noir with Richard Widmark virtually repeating his role from Kiss of Death. The Last Leaf is nice life affirming tearjerker. The Ransom of Red Chief has Fred Allen and Oscar Levant in a hilarious tale of two luckless kidnappers in a tale worthy of Mark Twain. Fox is sitting on a gold mine. Put it out on video.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baghdad on the Subway See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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