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{{DISPLAYTITLE:''Christmas in July'' (1940)}}
 
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|writer=Preston Sturges
|release=October 18, 1940
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|release=October 25, 1940
 
|runtime=1 hour, 7 minutes
 
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'''''Christmas in July''''' is a 1940 Paramount picture written & directed by {{w|Preston Sturges}}, based on {{w|A Cup of Coffee (play)|his 1931 play ''A Cup of Coffee''}}. It was Sturges' second film as writer-director, after {{w|The Great McGinty}}, and stars {{w|Dick Powell}} and {{w|Ellen Drew}}.
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'''Christmas in July''' is a 1940 comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges based on his 1931 play A Cup of Coffee. It was Sturges' second film as writer-director, after The Great McGinty, and stars Dick Powell and Ellen Drew.
 
   
==Plot==
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==Synopsis==
Dr. Maxford (Raymond Walburn) is thoroughly exasperated. He is supposed to announce on national radio the winners of a slogan contest for his Maxford House Coffee; the first prize is $25,000. Maxford's jury is deadlocked by the stubborn Mr. Bildocker (William Demarest). As a result, the program ends without an announcement.
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Dr. Maxford is thoroughly exasperated. He is supposed to announce on national radio the winners of a slogan contest for his Maxford House Coffee; the first prize is $25,000. Maxford's jury is deadlocked by the stubborn Mr. Bildocker. As a result, the program ends without an announcement.
   
One of millions of contestants, office worker Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell) dreams of winning, hoping to validate his faith in himself, provide some luxuries for his mother (Georgia Caine), and marry his girlfriend Betty Casey (Ellen Drew). Betty, among others, does not understand his slogan: "If you can't sleep at night, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk."
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One of millions of contestants, office worker Jimmy MacDonald dreams of winning, hoping to validate his faith in himself, provide some luxuries for his mother, and marry his girlfriend Betty Casey. Betty, among others, does not understand his slogan: "If you can't sleep at night, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk."
   
As a joke, three of his co-workers place a fake telegram on Jimmy's desk informing him that he has won. Jimmy's boss, J. B. Baxter (Ernest Truex), is so impressed, he promotes Jimmy on the spot to advertising executive, with his own office, a private secretary (Betty), and a raise. Tom Darcy, one of the pranksters, tries to clear things up before they go too far, but loses his nerve.
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As a joke, three of his co-workers place a fake telegram on Jimmy's desk informing him that he has won. Jimmy's boss, J. B. Baxter, is so impressed, he promotes Jimmy on the spot to advertising executive, with his own office, a private secretary (Betty), and a raise. Tom Darcy, one of the pranksters, tries to clear things up before they go too far, but loses his nerve.
   
 
When Jimmy arrives to collect the check, Dr. Maxford assumes his committee finally reached a decision without informing him, and writes a check to Jimmy. Jimmy and Betty go on a shopping spree at Shindel's department store. After telephoning Maxford to confirm the check is good, Mr. Shindel gives Jimmy credit to buy an engagement ring for Betty, a luxury sofa-bed for his mother, and presents for all of their neighbors.
 
When Jimmy arrives to collect the check, Dr. Maxford assumes his committee finally reached a decision without informing him, and writes a check to Jimmy. Jimmy and Betty go on a shopping spree at Shindel's department store. After telephoning Maxford to confirm the check is good, Mr. Shindel gives Jimmy credit to buy an engagement ring for Betty, a luxury sofa-bed for his mother, and presents for all of their neighbors.
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When the truth comes out, Shindel descends on Jimmy's street to try to repossess his merchandise. Maxford follows them and confirms Jimmy did not win. In the commotion, Shindel learns that Maxford's signature is genuine; instead of reclaiming the merchandise, he tries to force Maxford to pay for it. Tom and the other two pranksters admit they are to blame.
 
When the truth comes out, Shindel descends on Jimmy's street to try to repossess his merchandise. Maxford follows them and confirms Jimmy did not win. In the commotion, Shindel learns that Maxford's signature is genuine; instead of reclaiming the merchandise, he tries to force Maxford to pay for it. Tom and the other two pranksters admit they are to blame.
   
That night, Jimmy and Betty confess to Baxter. Betty's heartfelt plea persuades Baxter to let Jimmy try to prove himself and keep his promotion, although on a very short probationary period and with no raise. Meanwhile, Bildocker bursts into Maxford's office to announce that the other jury members have finally given in and accepted his choice for the grand prize winner: Jimmy.
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That night, Jimmy & Betty confess to Baxter. Betty's heartfelt plea persuades Baxter to let Jimmy try to prove himself and keep his promotion, although on a very short probationary period and with no raise. Meanwhile, Bildocker bursts into Maxford's office to announce that the other jury members have finally given in and accepted his choice for the grand prize winner: Jimmy.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
*Dick Powell as Jimmy MacDonald
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{|class="wikitable"
*Ellen Drew as Betty Casey
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! Actor(s)/actress(es) !! Character(s)
*Raymond Walburn as Dr. Maxford
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*Alexander Carr as Mr. Shindel
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| {{w|Dick Powell}} || Jimmy MacDonald
*William Demarest as Mr. Bildocker
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*Ernest Truex as J. B. Baxter
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| {{w|Ellen Drew}} || Betty Casey
*Franklin Pangborn as Don Hartman, the radio announcer
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*Harry Hayden as E. L. Waterbury, Jimmy's office manager
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| {{w|Raymond Walburn}} || Dr. Maxford
*Rod Cameron as Dick, a co-worker
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*Adrian Morris as Tom Darcy, a co-worker
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| Alexander Carr || Mr. Shindel
*Harry Rosenthal as Harry, a co-worker
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|-
*Georgia Caine as Mrs. Ellen MacDonald
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| {{w|William Demarest}} || Mr. Bildocker
*June Preston as Mrs. Ellen MacDonald's daughter
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|-
*Ferike Boros as Mrs. Schwartz
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| {{w|Ernest Truex}} || Mr. J.B. Baxter
*Torben Meyer as Mr. Schmidt, a Shindel's employee
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*Julius Tannen as Mr. Zimmerman
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| Franklin Pangborn || Don Hartman
*Al Bridge as Mr. Hillbeiner, a jewelry salesman at Shindel's
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*Lucille Ward as Mrs. Casey
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| Rod Cameron || Dick
*Kay Stewart as Maxford's secretary
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|-
*Victor Potel as Davenola salesman
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| Michael Morris || Tom
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|-
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| Harry Rosenthal || Harry
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|-
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| Georgia Caine || Mrs. MacDonald
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|-
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| Ferike Boros || Mrs. Schwartz
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|-
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| Torben Meyer || Mr. Schmidt
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|-
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| Julius Tannen || Mr. Zimmerman
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|-
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| Alan Bridge || Mr. Hillbeiner
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|-
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| Lucille Ward || Mrs. Casey
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|-
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| Vic Potel || Davenola Salesman
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Uncredited actors
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|-
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| George Anderson || Mr. Jenkins
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|-valign="top"
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| Sam Ash<br />Norah Gale<br />Hazal Marshall<br />Bob Mayo<br />Eileen McAvoy<br />Alice Thomas<br />Dorothy Ward || ''Unknown Role(s)''
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|-
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| Jane Buckingham || Miss Pettypass
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|-valign="top"
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| James Conaty<br />Sayre Dearing<br />Barry Norton<br />Cyril Ring<br />Jack Shea<br />Douglas Spencer<br />Dale Van Sickel || Maxford's Office Co-Workers
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|-
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| Jimmy Conlin || Arbuster
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|-
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| Harry Hayden || Mr. Waterbury
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|-valign="top"
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| Harry Hollingsworth<br />Stanley Mack<br />Ned Norton<br />Frank O'Connor<br />Gus Reed<br />Robert Warwick || Jurors
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|-
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| Arthur Hoyt || Mild Juror
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|-
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| Arthur Hull || Cashier
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|-
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| Tiny Jones || Neighborhood Woman
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|-
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| Esther Michelson || Sophie's Mother
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|-
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| Frank Mills || Cabbie listening to radio
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|-
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| Charles Moore || Porter in Maxford's Office
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|-
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| Frank Moran || Patrolman Murphy
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|-
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| June Preston || Little Singing Blond Girl
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|-
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| Georges Renavent || Office Door Sign-Painter
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|-
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| Dewey Robinson || Large Juror
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|-
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| Sheila Sheldon || Sophie
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|-
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| C.L. Sherwood || Elevator Operator
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|-
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| Walter Soderling || Weary Juror
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|-
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| Larry Steers || Mr. Babcock
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|-valign="top"
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| Kay Stewart<br />Cheryl Walker || Secretaries
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|-
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| Preston Sturges || Man at shoeshine stand
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|-
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| Fred Toones || Sam
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|-
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| Pat West || Man with phone
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| Beal Wong || Chinese Man listening to radio
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|}
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==External link==
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* {{Imdb title|0032338|Christmas in July}}
 
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[[Category:Comedy Movies]]

Latest revision as of 22:54, September 23, 2019

Christmas in July is a 1940 Paramount picture written & directed by Preston Sturges, based on his 1931 play A Cup of Coffee. It was Sturges' second film as writer-director, after The Great McGinty, and stars Dick Powell and Ellen Drew.

SynopsisEdit

Dr. Maxford is thoroughly exasperated. He is supposed to announce on national radio the winners of a slogan contest for his Maxford House Coffee; the first prize is $25,000. Maxford's jury is deadlocked by the stubborn Mr. Bildocker. As a result, the program ends without an announcement.

One of millions of contestants, office worker Jimmy MacDonald dreams of winning, hoping to validate his faith in himself, provide some luxuries for his mother, and marry his girlfriend Betty Casey. Betty, among others, does not understand his slogan: "If you can't sleep at night, it's not the coffee, it's the bunk."

As a joke, three of his co-workers place a fake telegram on Jimmy's desk informing him that he has won. Jimmy's boss, J. B. Baxter, is so impressed, he promotes Jimmy on the spot to advertising executive, with his own office, a private secretary (Betty), and a raise. Tom Darcy, one of the pranksters, tries to clear things up before they go too far, but loses his nerve.

When Jimmy arrives to collect the check, Dr. Maxford assumes his committee finally reached a decision without informing him, and writes a check to Jimmy. Jimmy and Betty go on a shopping spree at Shindel's department store. After telephoning Maxford to confirm the check is good, Mr. Shindel gives Jimmy credit to buy an engagement ring for Betty, a luxury sofa-bed for his mother, and presents for all of their neighbors.

When the truth comes out, Shindel descends on Jimmy's street to try to repossess his merchandise. Maxford follows them and confirms Jimmy did not win. In the commotion, Shindel learns that Maxford's signature is genuine; instead of reclaiming the merchandise, he tries to force Maxford to pay for it. Tom and the other two pranksters admit they are to blame.

That night, Jimmy & Betty confess to Baxter. Betty's heartfelt plea persuades Baxter to let Jimmy try to prove himself and keep his promotion, although on a very short probationary period and with no raise. Meanwhile, Bildocker bursts into Maxford's office to announce that the other jury members have finally given in and accepted his choice for the grand prize winner: Jimmy.

CastEdit

Actor(s)/actress(es) Character(s)
Dick Powell Jimmy MacDonald
Ellen Drew Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn Dr. Maxford
Alexander Carr Mr. Shindel
William Demarest Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex Mr. J.B. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn Don Hartman
Rod Cameron Dick
Michael Morris Tom
Harry Rosenthal Harry
Georgia Caine Mrs. MacDonald
Ferike Boros Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen Mr. Zimmerman
Alan Bridge Mr. Hillbeiner
Lucille Ward Mrs. Casey
Vic Potel Davenola Salesman
Uncredited actors
George Anderson Mr. Jenkins
Sam Ash
Norah Gale
Hazal Marshall
Bob Mayo
Eileen McAvoy
Alice Thomas
Dorothy Ward
Unknown Role(s)
Jane Buckingham Miss Pettypass
James Conaty
Sayre Dearing
Barry Norton
Cyril Ring
Jack Shea
Douglas Spencer
Dale Van Sickel
Maxford's Office Co-Workers
Jimmy Conlin Arbuster
Harry Hayden Mr. Waterbury
Harry Hollingsworth
Stanley Mack
Ned Norton
Frank O'Connor
Gus Reed
Robert Warwick
Jurors
Arthur Hoyt Mild Juror
Arthur Hull Cashier
Tiny Jones Neighborhood Woman
Esther Michelson Sophie's Mother
Frank Mills Cabbie listening to radio
Charles Moore Porter in Maxford's Office
Frank Moran Patrolman Murphy
June Preston Little Singing Blond Girl
Georges Renavent Office Door Sign-Painter
Dewey Robinson Large Juror
Sheila Sheldon Sophie
C.L. Sherwood Elevator Operator
Walter Soderling Weary Juror
Larry Steers Mr. Babcock
Kay Stewart
Cheryl Walker
Secretaries
Preston Sturges Man at shoeshine stand
Fred Toones Sam
Pat West Man with phone
Beal Wong Chinese Man listening to radio

External linkEdit

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