Christmas / Comedy (1950) 87 Minutes ~ Black & White
Alternate Title: A Christmas Wish
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 (Mighty Joe Young) and Tom Drake (Meet Me in St. Louis). 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.
Director: Irving Pichel
Writers: László Vadnay (screenplay), James O’Hanlon (additional dialogue), Harry Crane (additional dialogue) and Ted Allen (play)
Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake, Frank Orth