The Great Rupert (1950)

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“The Great Rupert” is a 1950 American Christmas comedy film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, and Rupert the Squirrel. The film tells the story of a struggling family living in a run-down apartment building who find unexpected help from a talented squirrel named Rupert.

The family, consisting of Pete (Tom Drake), his wife Polly (Moore), and their daughter, are behind on their rent and facing eviction. Meanwhile, a failed vaudevillian, Louie Amendola (Durante), and his partner, Frank Dingle (Frank Orth), have been hired to perform at a neighboring building. Louie discovers that Rupert has a knack for collecting money, and convinces the squirrel to help him steal from the tenants in the apartment building.

As the scheme unfolds, Rupert becomes a sort of guardian angel to the struggling family, sneaking money into their apartment and causing chaos for Louie and Frank. The film culminates in a heartwarming finale that sees the family’s fortunes turn around thanks to Rupert’s help.

“The Great Rupert” is a classic family film with plenty of laughs and heartwarming moments. The film is notable for its use of a trained squirrel in the title role, and for its talented cast, which includes the beloved comedian Jimmy Durante. The film has become a holiday classic and is still enjoyed by audiences today for its timeless message of hope and generosity.

Irving Pichel

László Vadnay, James O’Hanlon, Harry Crane

Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake

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