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O'Henry's Full House [DVD] - Limited Edition [1952]

Charles Laughton , Marilyn Monroe , Henry Hathaway    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D509SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Hollywood s top stars and directors were assembled for this stunning 1952 adaptation of O.Henry s finest short stories, each with a delicious twist in the tail! NARRATED BY JOHN STEINBECK.......The Cop and The Anthem (Directed by Henry Koster) A tramp (Charles Laughton) decides to spend winter in a nice warm jail cell only to find it impossible to get arrested! Guest-starring Marilyn Monroe...........The Clarion Call (Directed by Henry Hathaway)...........A cop (Dale Robertson) discovers an old friend (Richard Widmark) is a murderer an old friend to whom he owes a big debt......The Last Leaf (Directed by Jean Negulesco) An artist (Gregory Ratoff) must find a way to help a young girl dying of a broken heart and her desperate sister (Anne Baxter & Jean Peters)....... The Ransom of Red Chief (Directed by Howard Hawks) Two city slickers (Fred Allen & Oscar Levant) decide to kidnap a country boy for ransom. After all, kids are easier to control...aren t they?.............The Gift of The Magi (Directed by Henry King) On Christmas Eve, an impoverished young couple (Farley Granger & Jeanne Crain) decide to buy each other Christmas presents they can t possibly afford... Available for the very first time on UK DVD, O. Henry s Full House has now been digitally restored and remastered by 20th Century Fox. LIMITED EDITION. The Silver Screen Collection is a strictly limited and numbered edition of 2000 copies.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
`Tis the season to become tired of endless showings of It's a Wonderful Life. One antidote is to watch O. Henry's Full House. Twentieth Century Fox took five stories by O. Henry, gave each to a different director and screenwriter and assigned a number of Fox's top stars to the project. The result? A movie made up of five charming, sometimes sentimental tales stuffed with turn-of-the-century Americana and gentle irony. We learn about human nature, good intentions, humor in adversity, hope, a bit of despair, and love that's far more important than money. We're left smiling and contented, with happy endings all around. Not bad at all. John Steinbeck gives the bridging on-screen narrative.

"The Cop and the Anthem" is directed by Henry Koster and features Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe and David Wayne. A down-on-his luck, sly and verbose old tramp is determined to be arrested so he can spend the wintery Christmas season in jail where it's warm and he'll be fed. His stratagems backfire, but kindness and his good intentions result in...

"The Clarion Call" is directed by Henry Hathaway and features Dale Robertson and Richard Widmark (doing his Tommy Udo shtick). A police detective and a crazed killer, acquaintances once, find out just who the smarter one is when it comes to repaying a...

"The Last Leaf" is directed by Jean Negulesco and features Anne Baxter, Jean Peters and Gregory Ratoff. A young woman who no longer wants to live believes she will die when the last leaf from a vine outside her bedroom window falls to the ground. A poor painter, ahead of his time, intervenes when he...

"The Ransom of Red Chief" is directed Howard Hawks and features Fred Allen and Oscar Levant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No film of a story by O Henry is ever going to satisfy the fans of his writing. My father owned all of O Henry's collected short stories, many of them in first edition, which of course appeared originally in The New Yorker and other American newspapers and periodicals just after the turn of the 20th century. They were probably the first adult books I ever read, and I treasured every word and wanted to become a writer of short stories myself, which in a modest way I have. The stories work because the characters are rounded and likeable, their motivations convincing and transparent, and each story usually has a clever and unexpected ending. Also, O Henry wrote about ordinary people, which apart from Dickens had not really been done before. There was a saying at the beginning of the 20th century when he was writing that there were only 400 people worth knowing in New York City - 'the four hundred'. O Henry (real name William Sydney Porter) countered by calling one of his story collections 'The Four Million' - the total population of New York City at the time. He came to be known as 'the prophet of the century of the common man'.

In this collection, the characters have been simplified and robbed of a lot of their depth, and the squalor of the New York tenements in which most of the stories are set greatly sanitised. Nevertheless, the stories stand head-and-shoulder above most Hollywood screen writing and may well bring a tear to even the jaundiced eye of a twenty-first century viewer. The best stories on this DVD are the first one, 'The Cop and the Anthem' (where Marilyn Monroe puts in a cameo appearance as a hooker) and the third one, 'The Last Leaf', my personal favourite of O Henry's stories, where the tragedy and the triumph of the ending are both well realised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class DVD 3 May 2012
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They did a great job restoring this film. The image is prestine. See Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Jean Peters and Richard Widmark.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Charles Laughton and Anne Baxter 9 Jun 2014
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A good performance by Charles Laughton in the first sequence. A commendable performance by Richard Widmark as a gangster who gets his comeuppance in the second sequence. And Anne Baxter is always good delivering a sympathetic performance in the third sequence.
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