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Great Rupert
     

The Great Rupert

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Director: Irving Pichel, Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake

Cast: Irving Pichel, Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake

 

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Jimmy Durante plays the patriarch of a faded vaudeville team who suddenly finds a great deal of money hidden in his house. The authorities suspect Durante of being a thief, but in fact the culprit is a beneficent squirrel named Rupert. Once everything is straightened out, Durante makes a triumphant return to the stage, with Rupert as his "teammate." The stop-motion

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Jimmy Durante plays the patriarch of a faded vaudeville team who suddenly finds a great deal of money hidden in his house. The authorities suspect Durante of being a thief, but in fact the culprit is a beneficent squirrel named Rupert. Once everything is straightened out, Durante makes a triumphant return to the stage, with Rupert as his "teammate." The stop-motion animation is the handiwork of George Pal.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A modestly entertaining holiday film, The Great Rupert (often also known as A Christmas Wish) is not on a level with It's a Wonderful Life or The Bishop's Wife but it does have a certain charm. It also stretches things a little to call Rupert a holiday film; while part of the film does take place at Christmas, much of it is set after the season has ended. Still, it has enough of a connection to make the classification stick. Some may be bothered by the fact that Rupert on one level equates money and happiness. That isn't really the creators' intention, but they were rather artless in conveying the message, causing this confusion. More bothersome to some will be the lack of a first rate screenplay; Rupert is sweet and moderately engaging, but the script just barely gets by. Modern viewers used to sophisticated CGI animation tricks may also be put off by the title character. George Pal's stop motion animation is charming but undeniably jerky and, to eyes raised on Pixar, not totally realistic. If they can get past this, however, they will probably find Rupert a lovable little character. Even moreso is Jimmy Durante, who has one of his best screen roles in Rupert and who displays his unique talent to very good effect. Terry Moore and Tom Drake are only adequate, hampered by roles that are fairly dully written, but Queenie Smith is a lot of fun. Irving Pichel's direction is fine, hampered a bit by budget constraints but accomplishing what it sets out to do. Rupert is a nice change of pace from the Christmas films one has seen dozens of times -- although it's not one that bears dozens of viewings itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0787364553495
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bci / Eclipse
Time:
1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jimmy Durante Mr. Amendola
Terry Moore Rosalinda
Tom Drake Peter Dingle
Frank Orth Mr. Dingle
Sara Haden Mrs. Dingle
Queenie Smith Mrs. Amendola
Chick Chandler Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin Joe Mahoney
Hugh Sanders Mulligan
Don Beddoe Mr. Haggerty
Candy Candido Molineri
Clancy Cooper Policeman
Harold Goodwin FBI Man
Frank Cady Tax Investigator
Lester Dorr Actor
Frank Marlowe Actor
Torben Meyer Actor
Irving Pichel Actor
Harry Strang Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Ted Allen Original Story,Screenwriter
Harry Crane Screenwriter
Ernst Fegte Art Director,Production Designer
Duke Goldstone Editor
Buddy Kaye Score Composer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
George Pal Producer
Helen Rachmil Costumes/Costume Designer
James Rice Screenwriter
Fred Spielman Score Composer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Laszlo Vadnay Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Talk of the Town [10:02]
2. New Apartment [10:14]
3. Secret Stash [9:14]
4. Excitement of Christmas [12:58]
5. Pete's New Job [9:09]
6. Money From Heaven [8:01]
7. True Love [11:39]
8. Unfair Audit [16:22]

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The Great Rupert 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kelvi More than 1 year ago
I bought this movie on the recommendation of others on this site. Waste of money. The DVD quality is so poor, we could not tell what was going on in this film. It's very dark B/W and the sound is extremely poor quality. It may be a worthwhile movie, but until it's digitally remastered, you'll never know by watching this DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Wish is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Durante) who is down on their luck at Christmas time. Shortly before Christmas, they move into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic rafters. Just when it seems that the holiday will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family¿s guardian angel ¿ not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever. The film is enlivened with the warmth and sweetness of an unforgettable love story between Terry Moore (of Mighty Joe Young) and Tom Drake (of Meet Me in St. Louis). Rupert the Squirrel (created using George Pal¿s Academy Award winning animation technique) will charm young and old alike. Jimmy Durante shines when he sings Jingle Bells and other well-loved Christmas carols in the evocative voice that made him one of America¿s recording legends. Restored and in color for the first time, this film will make many Christmas wishes come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Wish is a heartwarming holiday classic about a New York family (led by Durante) who are down on their luck at Christmas time. Shortly before Christmas, they move into a ground floor apartment where Rupert the squirrel lives in the attic rafters. Just when it seems that the holiday will come and go without so much as a Christmas tree, Rupert acts as the family¿s guardian angel ¿ not only saving Christmas, but changing their lives forever. The film is enlivened with the warmth and sweetness of an unforgettable love story between Terry Moore (of Mighty Joe Young) and Tom Drake (of Meet Me in St. Louis). Rupert the Squirrel (created using George Pal¿s Academy Award winning animation technique) will charm young and old alike. Jimmy Durante shines when he sings Jingle Bells and other well-loved Christmas carols in the evocative voice that made him one of America¿s recording legends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the bargain basement price fool you. 'A Christmas Wish', starring Jimmy Durante and Terry Moore, is an undiscovered holiday gem. Released in 1950, you'll be wondering where this hilarious Christmas comedy has been hiding all these years. A former theatrical couple and their teenage daughter, Rosalinda, finds itself strapped at Christmastime. They move to a tiny, rundown apartment, owned by a miserly landlord, who every week socks $1500 in hundred dollar bills behind a loose board leading to the attic. In the attic lives Rupert, a trained squirrel, whose owner had been evicted. With Christmas coming, and no money for even a tree, Durante's wife sits in a chair praying for help, because 'Rosalinda needs shoes'. To her amazement, hundred dollar bills start raining down through a hole in the skylight. Add a warm love story, and the great 'Schnozzola' at his delightful best, singing Christmas songs at the piano, and you have a 'new' Christmas classic just waiting to be discovered.