Christmas in July (Blu-ray)
If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: November 26, 2019
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dick Powell & Ellen Drew|
|Performer:||Raymond Walburn, William Demarest, Ernest Truex, Al Bridge, Alexander Carr, Franklin Pangborn, Harry Hayden & Rod Cameron|
|Directed by||Preston Sturges|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Screenwriting by||Preston Sturges|
|Composition by||Sigmund Krumgold|
|Produced by||Paul Jones|
|Director of Photography:||Victor Milner|
Rating: 4/4 -- A wonderful present that's perfect for anytime of the year. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- As a creator of rich and human comedy Mr. Sturges is closing fast on the heels of Frank Capra. Full Review
New York Times
Preston Sturges's second feature as writer-director (1940, 66 min.) is in many ways the most underrated of his movies -- a riotous comedy-satire about capitalism that bites so deep it hurts. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- It's a small gem, almost too short to mention (67 minutes), but glitteringly perfect nonetheless. Full Review
Seemingly as cozy as The Gift of the Magi yet in reality more stinging than Revolutionary Road Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Sub par Preston Sturges comedy starring Dick Powell.
Rating: 3/4 -- A breeze to watch, and Sturges packs the brief running time with plenty of his trademark wit, skewering corporate vanity and overconfident male bluster in equal measure. Full Review
From the Front Row
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.
- This was Preston Sturges's second film. THE GREAT McGINTY was his first.
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