Christmas in July
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This modest Preston Sturges comedy stars Dick Powell as an office clerk dreaming of better things and Ellen Drew as his more pragmatic girlfriend. Powell convinces himself that his fortune will be made if he can win a slogan contest sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of Powell's fellow workers decide to have some fun with him; they fake a telegram which announces that he's won the contest. The deception snowballs to the point that even the head of the coffee firm… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"As a creator of rich and human comedy Mr. Sturges is closing fast on the heels of Frank Capra."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Sub par Preston Sturges comedy starring Dick Powell."
‑ Steve Crum,
"... filled with clever zingers on the American Dream."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A mildly diverting programmer, Christmas in July lacks both the overall spontaneity and entertainment impress of Sturges' first picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A wonderful present that's perfect for anytime of the year."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Charming, funny, too often overlooked Sturges classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Minor but delightful Sturges comedy."
‑ , Time Out
"Seemingly as cozy as The Gift of the Magi yet in reality more stinging than Revolutionary Road"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Sprightly Sturges comedy that while not being one of his celebrated films is still a little gem."
‑ , Film4
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