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With: George Raft, George Brent, Randolph Scott, Joan Blondell, Virginia Field, Dolores Moran, Ann Harding, Reginald Denny, Douglass Dumbrille, Carl Harbord, Dennis Hoey, Clarence Kolb, Molly Lamont, John Litel, Walter Sande
Written by: Laurence Stallings, based on stories by Laurence Stallings, Richard H. Landau
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 90
Date: 10/31/1947

Christmas Eve (1947)

2 Stars (out of 4)

'Christmas' Peeve

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Christmas Eve is not the holiday classic I was hoping for. It's awkward and convoluted, and it's difficult to imagine what anyone was actually thinking when they went to work on it. (According to the IMDB, Robert Altman might have had an early job as an uncredited writer.) A wealthy old lady (Ann Harding) has been giving away too much of her money, and her greedy nephew (Reginald Denny) wants to get his hands on her fortune. She has three adopted sons whom she would rather let handle her money, but they have disappeared and she doesn't know where they are. She insists that they will be home on Christmas Eve, and everything will be solved then. We meet the sons (George Brent, George Raft, and Randolph Scott), each of whom have their own problems, and each of which turns into an overly complex subplot. United Artists released it... on Halloween. Olive Films released Christmas Eve on a Blu-ray of slightly lower quality than we've come to expect from them.

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