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Christmas in July (1940)

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Running Time
1 hour, 7 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Christmas in July

• Weihnachten im Juli (1974)

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Genre: Romance, Comedy, Christmas, Police, Scams And Cons

Tagline: If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk!

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Preston Sturges
Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story
 Written by
Preston Sturges
Unfaithfully Yours, Easy Living, Remember the Night
Dick Powell
The Bad and the Beautiful, 42nd Street, Murder, My Sweet
Ellen Drew
Isle of the Dead, Stars in My Crown, If I Were King
Raymond Walburn
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Great Ziegfeld, Hail the Conquering Hero
William Demarest
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve
Ernest Truex
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Franklin Pangborn
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