O. Henry's Full House (1952)
Five of the title author's best stories comprise this alternately funny and dramatic anthology that is narrated by fellow famed author John Steinbeck. Irony abounds in the first tale, "The Cop and the Anthem." It centers on a vagabond who does all he can to get arrested so he can spend the freezing winter in a warm, comfortable jail cell. The second story, "The Clarion Call," a police officer must convince a good friend to allow him to arrest him. In "The Last Leaf," a dying woman deliriously stares out the window watching the autumn leaves slowly falling away. In her state, the lady believes that she too will die after the last leaf falls from the nearby tree. "The Ransom of Red Chief" chronicles the desperate attempts of two bungling kidnappers to get the parents of the tiny terror they abducted to take the little brat back. Finally in the bittersweet "Gift of the Magi" tells the story of an impoverished married couple who selflessly give up their most beloved possessions to purchase gifts for each other. … More
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Critic Reviews for O. Henry's Full House
Henry Hathaway's segment is a fun mix of historical and crime film.
The unquestionable pinnacle is Howard Hawks' energetic "The Ransom of Red Chief."
Audience Reviews for O. Henry's Full House
Despite of being too dated, it fared relatively well. Maybe it didn't work for me that well because I watched it while I was home alone.More
Some wonderful short stories interlaced with a few duds, all introduced by John Steinbeck, the one that towers above the rest is "The Last Leaf" touching and beautiful with delicate lovely performances from all three actors.More
An Amazing cast and five very talented and legendary directors bring to life a series of short stories written by O. Henry. A really great film, combined with the timeless and memorable stories that inspired it. Makes O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE, a very entertaining and moving motion picture experience.More
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