O. Henry’s Full House

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In Brief: For O. Henry’s Full House (1952), 20th Century Fox brought in all the star power it could muster (mostly from the studio’s roster of contract artists), five name directors and the literary clout of no less than John Steinbeck to introduce the five episodes that make up the film. In doing so, the studio actually managed to make a credible job of bringing a quintet of O. Henry stories to the screen. In fact, this may be the second most successful portmanteau film of the studio era — edged out slightly by Julien Duvivier’s Tales of Manhattan, made for the same studio 10 years earlier. As with all such films, the interest level is entirely dependent on the individual stories — and four of the five are very good indeed. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Feb. 7, 2007.
Genre: Drama Comedy
Director: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco
Starring: Fred Allen, Oscar Levant, Charles Laughton, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe, Farley Granger
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show O. Henry’s Full House on Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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