Christmas in July
Christmas in July (1940)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 18, 1940
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
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TIME Magazine

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As a creator of rich and human comedy Mr. Sturges is closing fast on the heels of Frank Capra.

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Steve Crum

Sub par Preston Sturges comedy starring Dick Powell.

Variety Staff

A mildly diverting programmer, Christmas in July lacks both the overall spontaneity and entertainment impress of Sturges' first picture.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide

A wonderful present that's perfect for anytime of the year.

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Time Out

Minor but delightful Sturges comedy.

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Fernando F. Croce

Seemingly as cozy as The Gift of the Magi yet in reality more stinging than Revolutionary Road

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Christopher Null

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
68 minutes! This is like a Frank Capra meets the Ramones. OK it's not quite that good, but it's good.
Stephen M
<I>"If you can't sleep - it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!"</I> A cruel practical joke gets out of hand when a lowly… More
Aj V
This is a good movie. It's funny and sometimes sad too. The cast is good, and the story is nice. I enjoyed it.
Michael Gildea
A fun movie that seems to perfectly balance drama and slapstick comedy. The performances were enjoyable and the story was fun. Preston Sturges gained some… More
jay nixon
Cute Preston Sturges, not his best but enjoyable.