O. Henry's Full House (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

O. Henry's Full House (1952)

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This anthology film assembles five respected directors and a top-notch cast to bring a handful of stories by the great American author O. Henry to the screen. In The Cop and the Anthem , a tramp named Soapy (Charles Laughton) tries to get arrested so that he can spend the winter in jail, only to find that is not as easy as it used to be. Marilyn Monroe appears in this episode as a streetwalker. The Clarion Call features Dale Robertson as Barney, a cop forced to arrest an old friend, Johnny (Richard Widmark). Anne Baxter stars in The Last Leaf as Joanna, an elderly woman who sees her own illness reflected in the fall of the autumn leaves; she's convinced that when the last leaf drops from the tree outside her window, her life will go with it. The Ransom of Red Chief concerns Sam (Fred Allen) and Bill (Oscar Levant), two novice kidnappers who kidnap a child, only to discover that his parents don't want him back -- and after a few hours with the brat, they find out why. And The Gift of the Magi tells the story of a pair of cash-strapped newlyweds, Della (Jeanne Craine) and Jim (Farley Granger), who struggle to get each other the perfect Christmas gift, with unexpected results. John Steinbeck narrates.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Fox

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Cast

Anne Baxter
as Joanna Goodwin
David Wayne
as Horace
Richard Widmark
as Johnny Kernan
Marilyn Monroe
as Streetwalker
Dale Robertson
as Barney Woods
Jean Peters
as Susan Goodwin
Sig Rumann
as Menkie
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Crump
Fred Kelsey
as Santa Claus
Fritz Feld
as Maurice
Frank Jaquet
as Butcher
Gregory Ratoff
as Behrman
Steven Geray
as Radolf
Warren Stevens
as Druggist
Martha Wentworth
as Mrs. O'Brien
Ruth Warren
as Neighbor
Bert Hicks
as Sheldon Sidney
Hal Smith
as Dandy
Philip Tonge
as Man with Umbrella
Richard Karlan
as Headwaiter
Ernö Verebes
as Waiter
Billy Wayne
as Bystander
Nico Lek
as Owner
Richard Rober
as Chief of Detectives
Will Wright
as Manager
House Peters
as Bascom
Tyler McVey
as O. Henry
Phil Tully
as Guard
Frank Cusack
as Waiter
Stuart Randall
as Detective
Abe Dinovitch
as Bartender
Lee Aaker
as J.B.
Kathleen Freeman
as J.B.'s Mother
Alfred Mizner
as J.B.'s Father
Irving Bacon
as Mr. Dorset
Gloria Gordon
as Ellie Mae
John Steinbeck
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for O. Henry's Full House

All Critics (3)

Henry Hathaway's segment is a fun mix of historical and crime film.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Classic Film and Television

The unquestionable pinnacle is Howard Hawks' energetic "The Ransom of Red Chief."

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

As with all such films, the interest level is entirely dependent on the individual stories -- and four of the five are very good indeed

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Great directors, great actors, and great writing makes "O. Henry's Full House" an interesting look into an older world through the mind of a genius writer.

Sean Michael Smith
Sean Michael Smith

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.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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