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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 27 October 1952 (UK)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joanna Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
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Della (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
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Jim (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
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Susan Goodwin (segment "The Last Leaf")
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Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
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Barney Woods (segment "The Clarion Call")
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Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call") (scenes deleted) (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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J.B. Dorset aka Red Chief (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
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Chief of Detectives (segment "The Clarion Call")
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"O. Henry's Full House" is a film divided in five segments telling five tales in 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 that invites Barney to drink with him and they go to his hotel room. Johnny recalls their youth, when they were friends but Barney tells that he must arrest him since he recognized the pen that belonged to Johnny. However the ... 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the popular and critical success of two British anthology films based on W. Somerset Maugham short stories, Quartet (1948) and Trio (1950), with different casts and crews for each episode, 20th Century-Fox felt that the time was right for an American version of this format. See more »

Goofs

The third segment is supposed to take place in Greenwich Village, but the street sign indicates the location is near east 19th Street. The northern border of Greenwich Village is 14th Street. See more »

Quotes

Sam 'Slick' Brown: Pull yourself together, William! What's a confidence man without confidence?
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Joy to the World
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Music by Lowell Mason (1836)
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
Sung by Carolers on Christmas Eve
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Fun House
2 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Although known for his surprise endings, the endings of the five tales told here are not all that surprising. The "The Cop and the Anthem" (Rating 6 of 10) is a bit heavy-handed and contrived. In "The Clarion Call" (Rating 7), Widmark not only reunites with "Kiss of Death" director Hathaway but seems to be (over)playing his role from the earlier film. "The Last Leaf" (Rating 8) is touching and well-acted, particularly by Peters. The much-maligned "The Ransom of the Red Chief" (Rating 8) is the only comedy here and is quite amusing. O. Henry's most famous story, "The Gift of the Magi" (Rating 6), is rather unsatisfying. All in all, a mixed bag but well worth watching.


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