Friday, March 02, 2007

Christmas in July (1940)

***½
USA

Preston Sturges' second film, this slapstick comedy with a social conscience counts as a minor one compared to the classics he churned out during the WWII period. It isn't as rich and manic as the best of them, but it is clever and very likable in its own right. Dick Powell plays a $22-a-week clerk who is tricked into believing he has won $25,000 at a slogan contest. Overlapping dialogue ensues.

wr/dir: Preston Sturges
cast: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn, Alexander Carr, William Demarest, Ernest Truex, Franklin Pangborn, Georgia Caine, Ferike Boros

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