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Monday, December 7, 2009

Marilyn Monroe in a Christmas movie??

SET YOUR DVRs: Wednesday Dec. 9th at 8am (EST) on the Fox Movie Channel for the feature length movie, O.Henry's Full House.

This is an incredible black-and-white, Hollywood movie with a star-studded cast. Five of O.Henry's most popular short stories are dramatized with legendary writer John Steinbeck appearing on screen to introduce each vignette. The first story is the holiday favorite The Cop and the Anthem which stars actors Charles Laughton, David Wayne and yes, Marilyn Monroe. She appears in a minor role as a woman on the street that encounters Laughton--but she's easy to spot and recognize. This vignette is directed by Henry Koster, a well-respected artist and immigrant that fled Nazi Germany for Hollywood.

Additionally, the last of the five stories is the holiday classic The Gift of the Magi starring Farley Granger and Jeanne Crain, and directed by Henry King. This film is discussed on pg. 25 and 126 while O.Henry's The Cop and the Anthem and its adaptations are discussed on pgs. 125-128.

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