Christmas in July (1940)
Directed by Preston Sturges
Genres - Comedy, Romance | Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Screwball Comedy | Release Date - Oct 25, 1940 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 67 min. | Countries - United States | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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 sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of Powell's fellow workers decide to have some fun with him; they fake a telegram which announces that he's won the contest. The deception snowballs to the point that even the head of the coffee firm (Raymond Walburn) labors under the misapprehension that Powell has won. When the painful truth is revealed, Powell finds himself broke (because of all the creature comforts he's bought) and jobless, but at least he's retained the love of his wife. A cute deus ex machina to the story appears in the person of William Demarest, the foreman of the "jury" that is judging the slogan contest.
advertising-campaign, wife, spending-spree, coffee, con/scam, prank, rags-to-riches