Roy Del Ruth Productions,

Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Gale Storm, Grant Mitchell, Edward Brophy, Alan Hale Jr., Dorothea Kent, Edward Ryan, Jean Andren, Johnny Arthur, Florence Auer

The O’Connors are one of the richest families on New York’s 5th Avenue beside Central Park. Michael O’Connor (Charles Ruggles) is a real estate investor. Ever year before Christmas the O’Connors head for their mansion in Florida to spend the winter, and Aloysius T. McKeever (Victor Moore)New York’s best dressed homeless man, moves in through a loose board in the fence to spend the winter in luxury. But this year he meets a down on his luck fellow sleeping in the park and invites him to come with him. But surprisingly their daughter, Trudy O’Connor (Gale Storm) shows up when she has run away from boarding school, and she keeps her identity a secret, and before you know it the house is filled with strangers who have no place to stay.

Though not really a Christmas movie, this classic 1947 film is typically considered one because it takes place over the holidays and if filled with Christmas spirit and some holiday music. This is a vehicle for Gale Storm, a popular early TV star. The film is light-hearted and a classic 40’s romantic comedy. This was released right after the war, and as such it is a typical story of hope for the future that films of this era do so well. It deals with some of the issues that returning soldiers faced coming home after the war and starting families in the beginning of what would come to be known as the Baby Boom. This is a great example of classic cinema from this time period, and one I didn’t even realize existed until I found it on Netflix. It was a very enjoyable look back to 1947 and a time when things were so much more hopeful for the future. This is a good little holiday adventure and if you’ve never seen it, or heard of it, watch for it. It was a lot of fun.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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