Christmas Eve

1947

Action / Comedy / Drama

3
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 372

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Cast

Joan Blondell as Ann Nelson
Reginald Denny as Phillip Hastings
Marie Blake as Reporter
George Brent as Michael Brooks
720p.BLU
644.38 MB
988*720
English
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 1 / 10

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Reviewed by SimonJack 5 / 10

A novel plot idea that doesn't get off the ground

"Christmas Eve" had an original idea for a holiday film. It has some far out subplots that would need a great screenplay to make it work. But unfortunately, the screenplay is quite weak. So, instead of a solid plot, this film is four short stories loosely pieced together. Very rich Aunt Matilda (Ann Harding made up as an octogenarian) is about to lose control of her estate to a conniving nephew, Phillip Hastings (played by Reginald Denny). She asks Dr. Bunyan (played by Douglass Dumbrille) and Judge Alston (played by Clarence Kolb) to hold off on any decision about her eccentricity and ability to manage her affairs. She asks them to be sure to come to her house on Christmas Eve, where they will meet her three "sons."

The three were orphans whom she took in and raised. None of them would sponge off her, so they set out on their own after school. There's no effort to have these guys any younger, so they all look to be their actual ages – around 45. Aunt Matilda hasn't heard from a single one of them for years, but now she knows they'll come to her rescue if they know she needs their help. From there, the movie segues into sub-plots with each of the three "sons." In between each one, we go back to Aunt Matilda and her private eye's report on the previous son.

The first is Michael (played by George Brent), with his girlfriend, Ann Nelson (played by Joan Blondell). The next is Mario Torio (played by George Raft), and the last is Johnny (played by Randolph Scott). Some other supporting cast contribute – Virginia Field plays Claire, Dennis Hoey plays Williams the butler, Dolores Moran plays Jean Bradford, John Litel plays an FBI agent, and Joe Sawyer plays Gimlet, a private detective.

The three sons' subplots are a little wacky in themselves. They involve dodging the FBI, a sweetheart who was a darling of a top Nazi and who ran off with his millions, and an undercover social welfare agent trying to unearth a black market for adoption of kidnapped babies.

About the only reason to watch this film is to see the large cast of one- time big name actors along with many other longtime supporting actors. There isn't much of a Christmas theme beyond the notion that everything is supposed to come together on Christmas Eve. As it turns out, Aunt Matilda was a shrewd old cookie who knew more than anyone suspected. But, it's hard to imagine why none of her three adopted sons wouldn't at least have sent her a Christmas card or note once in a while over so many years.

There's nothing special about this film, and none of the performers shine. It's certainly not something to recommend for the holidays.

Reviewed by Christmas-Reviewer 7 / 10

I am writing this review 69 Years to the day of its initial release

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE FILM. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 200 HOLIDAY FILMS. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM HONEST!

Matilda Reid (Ann Harding) is in danger of being declared senile at the urging of her nephew, Phillip (Reginald Denny). To keep him from controlling her estate, Matilda must find her three adopted sons, who left home long ago. One of them, Michael (George Brent), lives in New York, where he's incurred a $75,000 debt. Another, fugitive Mario (George Raft), is hiding in South America. The last, Jonathan (Randolph Scott), is a small-time cowboy. All three must come home to save Matilda's fortune.

Now this film is nice change of pace from "HALLMARK MOVIES". The cast brings the most out of a screenplay that is most confusing. I have to admit that I watch this in over 3 evenings so I will have to re- watch it again. The film is enjoyable. I will watch it again.

Reviewed by marydavis-424-614505 8 / 10

Sweet hope for the holidays

Aunt Matilda and her fortunes are in jeopardy from her nephew Phillip who has supposedly been managing her money for years. Matilda's generosity has her at risk of being declared mentally incompetent. She convinces the judge to wait until Christmas Eve so that her 3 adopted sons can return and take over.

We see each of the sons in a situation which puts him in a bad light. Michael is a bit of a playboy/aspiring gigolo with a determined girlfriend who won't let him get away no matter what. Mario, playing by George Raft, is the George Raft version of Humphrey Bogart's Rick set in South America instead of Casablanca. His encounter with a Nazi costs him the lady he wanted in his life. And Jonathan, rides into town on the train, not a horse. He gets caught up in a baby selling deal but comes out ahead with 3 babies and a great new girlfriend.

As Christmas Eve ticks away Phillip is sure they won't show. The judge is about to give up on waiting when one by one they make their entrance.

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