Christmas in July

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Preston Sturges
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
67 min

fire me off this jury...

...because I don't work for you on this jury.

I'm giving my services

free to the bunch of...

Who said anything about firing you,

you lunkhead?

All I said was that I...

- (Phone)

Yes? Oh, we are, are we?

Well, that's just lovely.

We're going off the air, gentlemen,

so just take your time.

You can stay here till next Wednesday.

Or you can still here

till Hoboken freezes over.

We have failed in our promise to the public.

We have muffed the most dramatic

advertising moment in commerce,

and you've made a fathead out of me.

The next nitwit who talks to me

about a contest...

...had better duck before I swing on him.

In conclusion, gentlemen,

especially you, Mr. Bildocker,

let me say that I have seen

far better heads on... umbrellas.

And so,

another broadcast slips into posterity,

as we bring to a close

the 449th Maxford House programme.

I wish I could have given you

the news you wanted to hear.

But I will conclude with

what the prisoner said...

...when the hangman couldn't find the rope.

'No noose is good noose.' Ha, ha.

This is Don Hartman,

wishing you all goodnight.

They build you up to a big finish

and leave you hanging on a meat hook.

You heard what he said.

No news is good news.

He said, 'No noose is good noose.'

- So?

Oh, it doesn't matter.

I wish they'd get it over with.

You start thinking about that $25,000,

or even the $5,000...

Or anything.

- You said it.

When you've got it right in your mitts,

they leave you with your

tongue hanging out.

There ought to be a law against it.

Did you really think you'd win it?

- I haven't lost it yet.

How many have you lost?

- I don't know.

But every time I've lost a contest,

I've doubled my chances on the next one.

It's the law of averages. Like when I lost the

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Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges (; born Edmund Preston Biden; August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. It is not uncommon for a Sturges character to deliver an exquisitely turned phrase and take an elaborate pratfall within the same scene. A tender love scene between Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve was enlivened by a horse, which repeatedly poked its nose into Fonda's head. Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts, however Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to establish success as a screenwriter and then move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were separate. Sturges famously sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to $10 by the studio for legal reasons. more…

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