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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scrooge Reinvented, 8 Jan 2008
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Rama Rao "Rama" (Annandale, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
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If you are looking for a movie to watch on Christmas day with your family, in addition to the well known Christmas classics of your collection, I would recommend this unknown movie starring Jimmy Durante. This is a heart warming story of a true Christmas spirit, much similar to Scrooge, involving the family of Mr. Amendola (Jimmy Durante), his wife Mrs. Amendola (Quinie Smith), and their only daughter Rosalinda (Terry Moore.) Jimmy Durante offers a brilliant performance as a faded vaudeville star who rents an apartment just before Christmas holidays during Great depression. With serious financial problem on one hand, on the other, they face the challenges of their penny pinching land lord, Mr. Dingle (Frank Orth) who is interested in collecting the rent money but not fix the apartment. He is a real Scrooge in person! But his wife Mrs. Dingle (Sara Haden) and their only son Peter Dingle (Tom Drake) are very compassionate and caring. One day during the prayer of Mrs. Dingle, she a finds large amount of cash ($100 bills) falling through the big hole on her roof. The family comes to believe that it is cash from heaven, a true Christmas miracle indeed! Actually this money belongs to Dingle who gets a check from his gold mine stock every week, and hides the cash in his attic which is innocently tossed by a squirrel named Rupert. Rupert belongs to the last resident of the apartment, Joe Mahoney (Jimmy Conklin) and The Great Rupert was his vaudeville act. This squirrel returns to the apartment when Joe releases him because he doesn't have a job and no money!

Mr. Amendola uses his suddenly found riches to help the community by starting various businesses and offer employment. Every one in town gets suspicious about his wealth including; local law enforcing authority, IRS, and FBI. In the meantime, when Dingle losses on his investment, the checks stop coming and his luck turns ugly. When his house burns in an accidental fire; he believes that all his hidden stash is lost. Then the kind hearted Amendola steps in to help him rebuild the house. At the same time the authorities find the case of Amendola's wealth is complex to solve and hard to prosecute, and they decide to leave him alone.

Tom Dingle who is love with Rosalinda does everything to impress her, and to his disappointment she dates a wealthy song promoter named Chick Chandler (Phil Davis), but in reality she is in love with Peter Dingle, a penniless songwriter. The movie pitches the kind hearted souls of Amendola family and Dingle family together to teach the true spirit of Christmas to Mr. Dingle and the law enforcement agencies. The highlight of the movie also includes the special-effects of pioneer George Pal, and the technique of animated puppetry to bring life to the title character a lovable squirrel that rescues a family of vaudeville performers during the Christmas time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Wish (colourised DVD), 4 Feb 2011
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As I began watching this film I realised I had seen it some time ago on TV but it was sufficiently in the past for most of it to have been forgotten; also, this version being digitally remastered in colour, it was like seeing it for the first time. It is certainly not a life-changing experience but a good old-fashioned family story, just right for the Christmas period, and I think it will be an annual favourite along with "A Wonderful Life", "White Christmas" and "Scrooge" - comfy, cosy festive watching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crowd splitter. I loved it., 22 April 2011
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Daft, naff, over coloured, totally unbelievable but also the best thing i watched all last christmas.

I recommend it to the midnight movie fan. One of those 'so bad - it's good' movies.

Jimmy Durante (not the greatest actor ever, but full of pzazz and shaboom) heads a family who's lives become saved from heartbreaking xmas poverty by the timely exploits of a money stealing, stop-motion dancing squirrel.

Yes you read that right. If those type of squirrels are your thing, then this is for you.

Sometimes 'bad' movies are fun for five minutes and then the joke wears thin. I found this highly watchable to the end.

For a bit of goofy yuletide fun, you could do a lot worse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gem, 29 Aug 2011
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Mr. A. W. Cheetham (England) - See all my reviews
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This rarely shown movie is a must for us with old fashioned christmas values, a true family film with a feelgood finish. It's an old cliche but honestly they dont make em like this anymore.. grab it while you can and now its in colour spoil yourself with a bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Durante, 20 May 2013
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G. Lewis (Pembroke, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Christmas Wish [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I was trying to get some CD that had a particular tune that Jimmy Durante sang so many years ago. This was the one although I did not expect a Christmas Wish at this time of the year. Despite that it did have that particular song I wanted. All was provided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Christmas Wish [DVD] [1950] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Fantastic little known holiday classic. A real feel good film. Great shipping, customer service
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