Christmas Eve (also known as Sinner's Holiday on its 1950 re-release) is a 1947 theatrical Christmas comedy film directed by Edwin L. Marin, based on the story by Richard H. Landau, starred George Raft, George Brent and Randolph Scott, and originally released by United Artists on Halloween 1947.


The greedy nephew Philip Hasting (Reginald Denny) of eccentric Matilda Reid (Ann Harding) seeks to have her judged incompetent so he can administer her wealth; In an informal meeting with Philip, the doctor, Dr. Doremus, and the judge Alston they convene that she will be saved if her three long-lost adopted sons appear for a Christmas Eve reunion, as any of them is the one she could trust, but not Philip. Later on it is revealed that Philip did some very illegal things with her money, but she doesn't claim anything.

Separate stories reveal with the help of Private Detective Gimlet (Joe Sawyer) that

  • Michael (George Brent) is a bankrupt playboy loved by loyal Ann Nelson (Joan Blondell);
  • Mario (George Raft) is a seemingly shady character tangling with a Nazi war criminal in South America and a beautiful lady, Jean Bradford (Dolores Moran);
  • Jonathan (Randolph Scott) is a hard-drinking rodeo rider who falls for a flirtatious woman Claire (Virginia Field) at the station, who is revealed to be a policewoman in disguise chasing after an orphanage that doesn't seem to do right.
  • Finally the gathering at the Christmas Eve happened and the couple Johnatan-Claire bring the three girl orphans from the orphanage. Aunt Matilda feels like the day she got the three little boys for adoption.


  • Ann Harding as Aunt Matilda Reed
  • Reginald Denny as Phillip Hastings
  • Clarence Kolb as Judge Alston
  • Carl Harbord as Dr. Doremus
  • Joe Sawyer as Private Detective Gimlet
  • George Raft as Mario Torio
  • George Brent as Michael Brooks
  • Randolph Scott as Jonathan ´Johnny´
  • Joan Blondell as Ann Nelson
  • Virginia Field as Claire
  • Dolores Moran as Jean Bradford
  • Douglass Dumbrille as Dr. Bunyan
  • Claire Whitney as Mrs. Bunyan
  • John Litel as Joe Bland, FBI Agent
  • Marie Blake as Reporter
  • Dennis Hoey as Williams-Butler
  • Molly Lamont as Harriet Rhodes
  • Walter Sande as Mario's Hood
  • Konstantin Shayne as Gustav Reichman
  • Andrew Tombes as Auctioneer
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