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Overview - In Preston Sturges' second film, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, a practical joke propels a hard-working New York couple into a financial and ideological fiasco that challenges the concepts of talent, destiny, and the value of validation. The simple yet soon-to-be-complicated plot sees two lovers sitting on the roof on a hot New York City night, arguing about money.  Read more...

 

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Overview

In Preston Sturges' second film, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, a practical joke propels a hard-working New York couple into a financial and ideological fiasco that challenges the concepts of talent, destiny, and the value of validation. The simple yet soon-to-be-complicated plot sees two lovers sitting on the roof on a hot New York City night, arguing about money. The beautiful girl, Betty (Ellen Drew), attempts to sell her grumpy and hardscrabble fiancé Jimmy (Dick Powell) on the merits of a one-room apartment, when all the while he is desperately attempting to hear the radio, which promises to announce the $25,000 winner of a slogan contest for a local coffee company. The next day when a trio of prankster coworkers forge a telegraph telling him that he has won, Jimmy and Betty are swept into a changed world, one in which long-suffering struggles are validated and self-doubts are dispelled. Jimmy finds himself respected by his boss, placated by his peers, and the landscape of New York City is transformed from an obstacle course to a land of opportunity, only to be thrust back into bleak reality when the hoax is revealed.

Cast List

Ellen Drew - American Actress
Rod Cameron - Canadian Actor
Alexander Carr - Silent Comic Film Actor
Al Bridge - American Actor
Dick Powell - Actor/Director/Producer
Richard E. Powell - Actor/Director/Producer
Preston Sturges - American director, screenwriter
Edmond P. Biden - American director, screenwriter
Franklin Pangborn - American Character Actor
Ernest Truex
Ellsworth Hoagland
Victor Milner - American Director Of Photography
Harry Hayden - American Character Actor
William Demarest - American Character Actor
Raymond Walburn - American Comic Actor
Sigmund Krumgold - Composer\1930s
Paul Jones - American producer, THE LADY EVE/ROAD TO UTOPIA

 
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  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 025192100512
  • Rating: Not Rated

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Movies > Comedies

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Christmas
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
This was Preston Sturges's second film. THE GREAT McGINTY was his first.

 
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