Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Director: Preston Sturges Cast: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn

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Overview

This modest Preston Sturges comedy stars Dick Powell as an office clerk dreaming of better things and Ellen Drew as his more pragmatic girlfriend. Powell convinces himself that his fortune will be made if he can win a slogan contest sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of Powell's fellow workers decide to have some fun with him; they fake a telegram which announces that he's won the contest. The deception snowballs to the point that even the head of the coffee firm (Raymond Walburn) labors under the misapprehension that Powell has won. When the painful truth is revealed, Powell finds himself broke (because of all the creature comforts he's bought) and jobless, but at least he's retained the love of his wife. A cute deus ex machina to the story appears in the person of William Demarest, the foreman of the "jury" that is judging the slogan contest.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
UPC: 0025192100512
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:08:00
Sales rank: 12,569

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Jimmy MacDonald
Ellen Drew Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn Mr. Maxford
Alexander Carr Mr. Schindel
William Demarest Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex Mr. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn Radio Announcer
Harry Hayden Mr. Waterbury
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
Al Bridge Mr. Hillbeiner
Lucille Ward Mrs. Casey
Kay Stewart Secretary
Victor Potel Davenola Salesman
Arthur Hoyt Mild Gentleman
Jan Buckingham Secretary
Jimmy Conlin Thin, Sour Gentleman
Byron Foulger Mr. Jenkins
Arthur Stuart Hull Cashier
Esther Michelson Sophie's Mother
Charles Moore Porter
Frank Moran Patrolman Murphy
Georges Renavent Sign Painter
Dewey Robinson Large, Rough Gentleman
Preston Sturges Man at Shoeshine Stand
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Porter
Robert Warwick Large Gentleman
Pat West Man with Telephone

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Paul Jones Associate Producer
Sigmund Krumgold Score Composer
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
George Templeton Asst. Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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