Christmas in July Comedy Romance


In Christmas in July, an office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves.


Christmas in July 1940 Dick Powell Ellen Drew Comedy Romance B&W

Stars: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn

Christmas in July Story Line. An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize. As a result, he gets a promotion, buys presents for all of his family and friends, and proposes to his girl. When the truth comes out, he’s not prepared for the consequences.

A Christmas story that’s not necessarily about Christmas nor the 4th of July for that matter, but how it is more blessed to give than to receive every day of the year, not just on Christmas. While “Christmas in July” is at best when poking fun of the current trend of radio contests, the story simmers down only when centering upon the poverty-stricken couple Jimmy and Betty. Yet, in true Preston Sturges tradition, he throws in surprises here and there to hold interest and keep his audience laughing and completely satisfied in how everything is resolved.

Product Information

  • Director: Preston Sturges
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: Paramount Pictures
  • Run time: 67 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White

Video Sample of Christmas in July


This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

Did you know?

Christmas in July” is the second feature entirely written, produced and directed by Preston Sturges. This film followed his initial success of “The Great McGinty” (1940), ranks the director’s most mellow comedies, compared to his future efforts as “Miracle on Morgan’s Creek” 1944).

In addition to Christmas in July, you may also enjoy the Dick Powell in You Never Can Tell. This movie is everything a good movie should be! There are tear jerkers, gags, action, and it is fairly fast moving and loads of fun.

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Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in






Sub Genre

Romance, Christmas

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