O. Henry's Full House

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O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House Poster.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Henry Koster
Henry Hathaway
Jean Negulesco
Howard Hawks
Henry King
Produced by André Hakim
Screenplay by Richard L. Breen
Walter Bullock
Ivan Goff
Ben Hecht
Nunnally Johnson
Charles Lederer
Ben Roberts
Lamar Trotti
Based on Short stories
by O. Henry
Starring Fred Allen
Anne Baxter
Jeanne Crain
Farley Granger
Charles Laughton
Oscar Levant
Marilyn Monroe
Jean Peters
Gregory Ratoff
Dale Robertson
David Wayne
Richard Widmark
Narrated by John Steinbeck
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern
Lucien Ballard
Milton R. Krasner
Joseph MacDonald
Edited by Nick DeMaggio
Barbara McLean
William B. Murphy
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 18, 1952 (1952-09-18)
Running time
117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

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]

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 stories[edit]

"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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