Christmas in July

Christmas in July

DVD - 2011
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A go-getter clerk in a coffee company, is fooled into thinking he's won a $25,000 prize for inventing a sales slogan. When a trio of practical jokers at Maxford Coffee send him a phony congratulatory telegram announcing that he's the contest winner, he and his girlfriend go off on a mammoth Christmas shopping binge, even though it's the middle of July. Suddenly, the head of Maxford Coffee discovers the mistake, and their spending spree turns into a wild slapstick riot.


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Dec 11, 2016

This black-and-white movie is the first I've seen by Preston Sturges. I enjoyed it enough that I plan to watch his other films. It takes place during July and doesn't have much to do with Christmas--all the presents that the main characters buy make it Christmas in July. It does have a good message for the holiday though: that we should focus on our relationships rather than the stuff we could buy. There's a lot of humor in the movie and, at only 68 minutes long, it flies by.

Jan 17, 2015

Jimmy MacDonald is forever entering contests in the hopes of winning that elusive cash jackpot. In the meantime he supports himself and his widowed mother by working as an office drone in a nondescript company along with Betty, his fawning girlfriend. Then one day his luck changes when he receives a telegram telling him he’s won the $25,000 grand prize in the Maxford House Coffee slogan contest and before you can say “money equals happiness” he’s off on a shopping spree buying gifts for the entire neighbourhood, including a diamond engagement ring. “The terrible thing about being poor...”, gushes a magnanimous Betty sporting her new fur coat and shiny ring, “ having to worry”. And everyone’s worries appear to be solved...until the awful truth is revealed. It seems the telegram was sent as a practical joke by some of his co-workers... Preston Sturges delivers another sparkling spoof on capitalist manners and the cult of celebrity that packs more charm into 67 minutes than many feature-length films. Much of the humour is derived from the way people’s perceptions of Jimmy change after he achieves notoriety; he goes from a faceless employee to smoking cigars with the board of directors who hang on to his most innocuous comments as if they were Delphic proclamations of great import. Retailers who wouldn’t have given him the time of day now fall over themselves trying to lick his boots, and the neighbours greet him as if he were the second coming of Christ. Of course it all works out in the end, but not before Sturges throws a few well-aimed barbs at America’s corporate soul and Betty gives an uplifting sermon on the value of hope. The black cat was cute too!


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