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Christmas Eve (1947)

George Raft , George Brent , Edwin Marin  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: George Raft, George Brent, Randolph Scott, Joan Blondell
  • Directors: Edwin Marin
  • Producers: Benedict Bogeaus
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hollywood's Attic
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013HPC3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eccentric Matilda Reid (Ann Harding) wrestles with a greedy nephew who seeks court action to have her declared incompetent so he can "administer" her wealth. But a caring judge will intervene if Matilda can rally together her three adopted sons on Christmas Eve to help her keep the estate. Unfortunately the sons have gone in wildly different directions: one is a bankrupt playboy, the second is a hard drinking cowboy intent on a flirtatious social worker, and the third is tangled up with a Nazi war criminal. Is there any hope for Matilda?

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Aunt Matilda Reed (Ann Harding) is a strange, rich old lady living in a New York mansion; her nephew Phillip (Reginald Denny) want to get hold of her dough, but is she strange enough that he can get a court order giving him power over the estate? Not if she can get her 3 adopted sons back by Christmas time to stop him....

This basic idea was probably old even by 1947 and there have certainly been many variations on the theme done since, but probably few of them are made up of more disparate elements. George Brent is the first of the sons we meet, a ne'er-do-well playboy intent on dumping vivacious but poor Joan Blondell for a dull but wealthy new playmate -- his segment is essentially screwball comedy; next up is George Raft in a really intense, noir-spy story involving ex-Nazis in South America and quite a bit of gun violence and fisticuffs -- not what you'd expect in a typical Christmas story! Finally Randolph Scott comes along with his cowboy swagger to New York to get involved in a baby adoption ring and pick up a fair maiden (Virginia Field) who's trying to bust it, and they all meet up (with 3 new adoptees-to-be) at Aunt Mathilda's, apparently just in time.

There's nothing exciting about the plodding direction here by Edwin L. Marin, except perhaps for a few minutes in the Raft segment, and the stories are fairly preposterous and seem lifted right out of other movies, but the cast is charming enough and I had fun wasting an hour and a half -- I guess that's enough for a Hollywood Christmas movie sometimes. Certainly this is more memorable than plenty of more recent efforts in the holiday genre, and it well deserves an official DVD release. Between fans of Scott, Raft and Blondell there ought to be enough people out there to make such a thing doable - c'mon UA or whoever owns the rights!
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What's a mother to do? If she's the seriously rich, eccentric but still shrewd Mathilda Reed, now in her late seventies or early eighties and living alone with servants in a huge mid-town Manhattan mansion, and her untrustworthy nephew attempts to gain control of her fortune by having her declared incompetent, the answer is simple. She'll call upon her three sons. The trouble is, she hasn't heard from the grown men in years. The three came to her as wards. She adopted them and raised them. But when they were grown, each decided to leave and make his own way. They didn't want to be a burden or to live off their mother's fortune. Mathilda Reed (Ann Harding) may be a wonderful old woman, but her sons are something else.

There's Michael (George Brent), a high-living ne'er-do-well who finances his expensive tastes by kiting checks and who hopes to marry a rich woman. His girlfriend, Ann (Joan Blondell), is starting to get impatient.

There's Jonathan (Randolph Scott), who went west and now is a broken down but charming rodeo rider who sometimes has to pawn his saddle.

And there's Mario (George Raft), a fugitive from the law who went to South America and prospered as a shady nightclub owner. He can't return to the States without the FBI picking him up.

Mathilda Reed is a fighter. She goes public with a press conference, hoping her sons, wherever they are, will hear about her need for them. She hires a private detective to try and locate them. They have to return by Christmas Eve to block Phillip's plans.

Will the three men make it? Will they even try? Well, of course they will. So we spend most of our time in three short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Semental April 20, 2013
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If you like old movies and especially Christmas movies this is the one to get. Love it . love it Love it.
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