Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 21, 1940

Christmas in July (Paramount), previously titled Cup of Coffee and Ants in Their Pants, is the cinema success about poor people in Manhattan which, after so many recent tries, the law of averages made inevitable. Written and directed by Hollywood's latest Fair-Haired Boy—kinetic Preston Sturges (The Great McGinty)—produced for a paltry $325,000, it once again gives the lie to the arbitrary Hollywood assumption that a film's quality is in direct proportion to its cost.

As scenarist, Sturges wrote a tender little tale about 24 hours in the life of Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell), a...

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