The Great Rupert - March 1, 1950

Terry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Queenie Smith
 

Released on March 1, 1950: (running time 1 hour and 28 minutes) A down-on-their-luck New York City family gets their Christmas wish with the help of a special little squirrel.

Produced by George Pal

Directed by Irving Pichel

The Actors: Jimmy Durante (Mr. Louie Amendola), Terry Moore (Rosalinda Amendola), Tom Drake (Peter 'Pete' Dingle), Frank Orth (Mr. Frank Dingle, landlord), Sara Haden (Mrs. Katie Dingle), Queenie Smith (Mrs. Amendola), Chick Chandler (Phil Davis, theatrical agent), Jimmy Conlin (Moe Mahoney, squirrel trainer), Hugh Sanders (Mulligan), Don Beddoe (Mr. Haggerty, drug store owner), Candy Candido (Molineri the florist), Clancy Cooper (Police Lieutenant Saunders), Harold Goodwin (Callahan, the F.B.I. man), Frank Cady (Mr. Taney the tax investigator), Lester Dorr (Eddie the bartender), Kenner G. Kemp (man in park), Frank Marlowe (Dave the mailman), Torben Meyer (Mr. Petrushka the baker), Ralph Montgomery (the fireman), Irving Pichel (the puzzled pedestrian), Harry Strang (fire chief)

 

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The Christmas Eve Prayer, The Magic Rocking Chair, . . . Awwww, Nuts!

Actress Terry Moore Hughes was featured on the July 1956 cover of Life Magazine as “Hollywood’s Sexiest Tomboy.” Almost thirty years later she did a complete photo spread in the August 1984 Playboy magazine, at the age of fifty-five, and I am told that the new grandmother had the body of a twenty-year-old woman.

In October 1949, aboard a yacht at sea, the captain married twenty-year-old Terry Moore to billionaire Howard Hughes, who later ripped up the ship’s log noting the marriage. Howard Hughes taught her to keep as much of her life off-record as she could.

There was never a divorce between Howard Hughes and Terry Moore, and they were very close even during her marriages to Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis, and later Eugene McGrath. When Howard Hughes died in 1976, she went to court to claim part of his wealth as his legal wife. The family made a private out-of-court settlement with her, possibly to purchase her silence about the things she knew about the secretive billionaire.

Her most recent movie appearance is in the movie ‘Silent Life,’ set to be released on 6 May 2019, and she claimed that it would be her final film appearance, at the age of ninety.

In this situation comedy she is the young daughter of acrobat parents who are unable to find work. We join them on Christmas Eve, and they have no place to sleep other than on a park bench. When they meet another out-of-work performer, they learn that there might be an apartment that they could live in for a while until the owner discovers that they have no money.

With a little fast-talking they are allowed to move into the basement apartment, and will be able to spend Christmas inside, instead of outside in the snow. OK, forget about being out of the snow, thanks to a hole in the skylight the winter snow is falling inside their tiny apartment. Not only that, but a furry squirrel has taken lodge in the ceiling near the hole in the skylight. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Terry Moore, Tom Drake
Terry Moore, Tom Drake
Chick Chandler
Chick Chandler
Chick Chandler, Terry Moore
Chick Chandler, Terry Moore
Clancy Cooper
Clancy Cooper
Clancy Cooper, Frank Cady, Harold Goodwin
Clancy Cooper, Frank Cady, Harold Goodwin
Don Beddoe
Don Beddoe
Frank Cady
Frank Cady
Frank Orth, Sara Haden
Frank Orth, Sara Haden
Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
Jimmy Conlin
Jimmy Conlin
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante, Frank Orth
Jimmy Durante, Frank Orth
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
Tom Drake
Tom Drake
Queenie Smith
Queenie Smith
Queenie Smith, Jimmy Durante
Queenie Smith, Jimmy Durante
Queenie Smith
Queenie Smith
Rupert the Squirrel
Rupert the Squirrel
Sara Haden
Sara Haden
Sara Haden, Frank Orth
Sara Haden, Frank Orth
Terry Moore
Terry Moore
Terry Moore, Chick Chandler
Terry Moore, Chick Chandler
Terry Moore
Terry Moore
Tom Drake
Tom Drake
Tom Drake, Terry Moore
Tom Drake, Terry Moore
Tom Drake, Terry Moore
Tom Drake, Terry Moore