Mary Poppins Returns
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Produced for a paltry $325,000, it once again gives the lie to the arbitrary Hollywood assumption that a film's quality is in direct proportion to its cost.
A mildly diverting programmer, Christmas in July lacks both the overall spontaneity and entertainment impress of Sturges' first picture.
Minor but delightful Sturges comedy.
As a creator of rich and human comedy Mr. Sturges is closing fast on the heels of Frank Capra.
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.
Seemingly as cozy as The Gift of the Magi yet in reality more stinging than Revolutionary Road
Sub par Preston Sturges comedy starring Dick Powell.
A wonderful present that's perfect for anytime of the year.
Tragically underseen, this Preston Sturges comedy is all of 68 minutes long (including the credits) and is a freakin' laugh riot from start to finish.
... filled with clever zingers on the American Dream.
Charming, funny, too often overlooked Sturges classic.
Sprightly Sturges comedy that while not being one of his celebrated films is still a little gem.
This is a good movie. It's funny and sometimes sad too. The cast is good, and the story is nice. I enjoyed it.
Cute Preston Sturges, not his best but enjoyable.
"If you can't sleep - it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!"
A cruel practical joke gets out of hand when a lowly employee of a coffee company is duped into believing he has won $25,000 in a competition to invent a new corporate slogan. Nothing else in the film can quite match the hilarious and touching opening rooftop scene - in which Dick Powell's Jimmy tries to explain the law of averages and his dismal slogan to his bemused girlfriend (Ellen Drew) - though Christmas in July still manages to be a fairly delightful piece of minor Sturges. If the ironic ending can be seen from several miles away, Powell and Drew make such a charming double act it hardly matters.
68 minutes! This is like a Frank Capra meets the Ramones. OK it's not quite that good, but it's good.
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