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Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

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Preston Sturges

Writer:

Preston Sturges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Jimmy MacDonald
Ellen Drew ... Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn ... Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr Alexander Carr ... Mr. Shindel
William Demarest ... Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex ... Mr. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn ... Don Hartman - Radio Announcer
Rod Cameron ... Dick
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Tom (as Michael Morris)
Harry Rosenthal Harry Rosenthal ... Harry
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer ... Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen ... Mr. Zimmerman
Al Bridge ... Mr. Hillbeiner (as Alan Bridge)
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Storyline

An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize. As a result, he gets a promotion, buys presents for all of his family and friends, and proposes to his girl. When the truth comes out, he's not prepared for the consequences. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cup of Coffee See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sturges helped invent the gadget sofa demonstrated in the department store scene. See more »

Quotes

Don Hartman: I wish I could have given you the news you were so anxious to hear. But since I could not, I will conclude with what the prisoner said when the hangman couldn't find the rope: "No noose is good noose".
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Soundtracks

When We're Along (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931)
Words & Music by Will Jason and Val Burton
Used as background music behind Dick Powell and Ellen Drew in rooftop scene, and later throughout the film.
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A Winner
7 January 2010 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

A clerk making $22 per week dreams of winning the $25,000 grand prize in a coffee company's slogan contest. Sturges' second directorial effort is not only a sweet and simple comedy but also fast-paced and efficient, wrapping up in just over an hour. As the ambitious but earnest sloganeer, Powell basically plays the role of the straight man, surrounded by loony characters, including Walburn as the flustered owner of Maxford House, not to be confused with Maxwell House, and Sturges regular Demarest as one of the judges of the contest. Despite the short running time and the emphasis on comedy, Sturges manages to make the characters human.


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