Christmas in July Reviews
Because this movie is so small it relies almost entirely on the writers and the actors to provide a good product. I appreciated the wit of the story and some of the humorous moments the writers created, but I think the primary reason I found Christmas in July to be successful was the acting. Dick Powell was pretty good as the protagonist with a heart of gold. His portrayal of Jimmy is very "head-in-the-clouds" and he cares a lot about the people around him too. I don't think Ellen Drew was given much to do with her part as Betty, but she delivered her final speech with enough impact to make it work for me. The real great performances, however, came from the supporting cast. Raymond Walburn is hilarious as Dr. Maxford, Ernest Truex is great as Mr. Baxter, even William Demarest's small role as Bildocker was fun to see for a couple of scenes. If you like these older black-and-white comedies I'd recommend Christmas in July. Besides it's only 67 minutes long, so what have you got to lose?
It's a simple story of a man been fooled to winning a slogan competition and the consequences there after. It's got a charm to it & both leads are really likable & move the film forward.
Although this film is set in July it's got such a story that suits Christmas, you feel for the characters and it travels fast & before you know it it's short run time (67 minutes) will be done before you know it.
Are you kidding me? It's 67 minutes long. You could take a bath in the amount of time it takes this movie to begin and end. And that's great.
So, it's about this guy who writes a slogan for a contest, and is tricked into thinking he won the $25k grand prize. Hilarity ensues. Now, you'd think with a running time so short, things would seem rushed. Not so. Preston Sturges manages to juggle around a bunch of memorable characters, several gags, and convey some serious pathos all before coming through with an ending that you can see coming, but works all the same. Dick Powell and Ellen Drew are great as the lead characters, making you believe in them from the first minute they're onscreen. None of the performances are ever too over the top to digest, and no one really shows anyone up. It's all well-done and extremely watchable.
So, I can only imagine that there are hundreds of movies like this one. But this is special because it gets everything done in a concise, yet complete way. And none of it ever feels overly sentimental or too predictable. It's a fairy tale for the Depressed set, and it's worth the hour it'll take to watch it.