Christmas Wish Jimmy Durante Family Comedy


“A Christmas Wish” is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Jimmy Durante) down on their luck at Christmas. Shortly before Christmas, they move into an apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives…


A Christmas Wish 1950 Jimmy Durante Comedy Family NR Black & White

Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake

Also known as “The Great Rupert”.

A Christmas Wish is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Durante) who is down on their luck at Christmas time. Shortly before Christmas, they move into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic rafters. Just when it seems that the holiday will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family’s guardian angel, not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever.

The film is enlivened with the warmth and sweetness of an unforgettable love story between Terry Moore and Tom Drake. Rupert the Squirrel (created using George Pal’s Academy Award winning animation technique) will charm young and old alike. Jimmy Durante shines when he sings Jingle Bells and other well-loved Christmas carols in the evocative voice that made him one of America’s recording legends.

Product Information

  • Director: Irving Pichel
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: George Pal Productions
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

Video Sample From A Christmas Wish


Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

You may also enjoy Christmas in July, another holiday comedy-romance starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. For another fun-filled fantasy, consider the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland.

And…don’t miss Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, with the bonus GE commercials!

Did you know?

George Pal’s stop-motion animation used in creating the illusion of a dancing squirrel (Rupert) was so realistic that he received many inquiries as to where he located a trained squirrel.

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This is a sample video directly from the video file used to make the DVD.

A Christmas Wish Sample Video

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in






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