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O. Henry's Full House

O. Henry's Full House is a 1952 American anthology film made by 20th Century Fox, consisting of five separate stories by O. Henry.[2]

O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House Poster.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed byHenry Koster
Henry Hathaway
Jean Negulesco
Howard Hawks
Henry King
Produced byAndré Hakim
Screenplay byRichard L. Breen
Walter Bullock
Ivan Goff
Ben Hecht
Nunnally Johnson
Charles Lederer
Ben Roberts
Lamar Trotti
Based onShort stories
by O. Henry
StarringFred Allen
Anne Baxter
Jeanne Crain
Farley Granger
Charles Laughton
Oscar Levant
Marilyn Monroe
Jean Peters
Gregory Ratoff
Dale Robertson
David Wayne
Richard Widmark
Narrated byJohn Steinbeck
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyLloyd Ahern
Lucien Ballard
Milton R. Krasner
Joseph MacDonald
Edited byNick DeMaggio
Barbara McLean
William B. Murphy
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 18, 1952 (1952-09-18)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[1]

The film was produced by André Hakim and directed by five separate directors from five separate screenplays. The music score was composed by Alfred Newman. The film is narrated by author John Steinbeck, who made a rare on-camera appearance to introduce each story.


The five storiesEdit

"The Cop and the Anthem"Edit

Directed by Henry Koster, from a screenplay by Lamar Trotti, it stars Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe and David Wayne.

"The Clarion Call"Edit

Directed by Henry Hathaway, from a screenplay by Richard L. Breen, it stars Dale Robertson and Richard Widmark.

"The Last Leaf"Edit

Directed by Jean Negulesco, from a screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, it stars Anne Baxter, Jean Peters and Gregory Ratoff.

"The Ransom of Red Chief"Edit

Directed by Howard Hawks, from a screenplay by Ben Hecht, Nunnally Johnson and Charles Lederer, it stars Fred Allen, Oscar Levant and Lee Aaker.

"The Gift of the Magi"Edit

Directed by Henry King, from a screenplay by Walter Bullock, it stars Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger.


  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley, (October 17, 1952). "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Four O. Henry Short Stories Offered in Fox Movie at Trans-Lux 52d Street". The New York Times.

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