OK, I know this is not the typical Christmas movie, but it's still a great movie. And the title fits the tone of the movie perfectly. Besides it's written and directed by the great Preston Sturges, so I believe we can cut him some slack on the schematics of Christmas themed movies. Anyway the story goes like this: office clerk Jimmy McDonald (played by former crooner and yet to be tough guy Dick Powell) who loves entering contests in hopes of winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves, Betty Casey (the wonderful and underrated Ellen Drew). 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. The atmosphere definitely feels like Christmas, even though the movie takes place in the middle of July. But of course things sour when the truth comes out, he's not prepared for the consequences. Christmas in July is an enjoyable little movie that has all of the Preston Sturges magic and features a winning cast led by Powell and Drew. It also co-stars William DeMarest and Franklin Pangborn. So celebrate Christmas with this little gem, no matter what time of the year it may be.
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