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Sturges, Preston (director, play, screenwriter); Talmadge Morrison (photographer); Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn (starring)
Christmas in July (Original photograph from the set of the 1940 film)
Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, 1940. Vintage borderless photograph of director Preston Sturges about to cane his assistant director (uncredited) George Templeton on the set of the 1940 film. Mimeo snipe and "Paramount Photo by Talmage Morrison" stamp on the verso. Based on Preston Sturges' 1931 play "A Cup of Coffee." Sturges' second film as writer-director. Office clerk Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell) regularly enters contests in the hope of one day striking it rich. When he enters one for a slogan for Maxwell House Coffee, three of Jimmy's co-workers, Tom (Adrian Morris), Dick (Rod Cameron), and Harry (Harry Rosenthal) play a prank by sending him a telegram that he won. Before the joke is revealed Jimmy goes out and buys presents for all his family and friends, and proposes to his girl Betty (Ellen Drew), and his boss, J.B. Baxter (Ernest Truex), is so impressed he promotes him. 7.75 x 9.5 inches. Near Fine. Rosenbaum 1000. Byrge & Miller, The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography 1934-1942.
Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA [Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.]
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