The great Preston Sturges wrote and directed CHRISTMAS IN JULY, an hysterically funny, short and sweet comedy about a man who goes on a spending spree after he thinks he's won a coffee-slogan contest, only to learn that the whole thing was a practical joke.
Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell), a lowly clerk at the Baxter Coffee Company, enters a $25,000 slogan contest for the Maxford House Coffee Company. But on the night the winner is to be announced on the radio, the jury is deadlocked because of an obstinate juror. The next day at work, some pranksters
make up a phony telegram and put it on Jimmy's desk, saying that he has won the contest. Jimmy immediately goes to...