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Better Than Maltin's Review
I stumbled onto this by accident and was mesmerized immediately. It is much better than Maltin's 2-star review, and should be included as a Christmas classic, although a minor one, because the story just happens to take place during Christmas in San Francisco. Glenn Ford is his usual charming self as a discharged WWII veteran who returns home only to discover his partner Leo is dead and that the mob has taken over the night club he and Leo jointly owned. Ford robs the club to reclaim his share, and is on the lam, trying to find a place to hide until he can board a ship and leave the US. He is accidentally arrested in a case of mistaken identity as Leo's brother, an eccentric wife-beater, and decides this is OK because he'd be safe from the mob in jail under an assumed name. However, a social worker and former domestic violence victim, played by Keyes, asks the judge to release him to her settlement house, so she can work to reform him. They fall in love, and everything eventually works out. There are wonderful scenes showing old-time 1949 Christmas decorations and scenes of San Francisco. Worth seeing.
What A Pleasant Surprise
Happened on this gem while searching for something on a Sunday afternoon.It's excellent!Glenn Ford is perfect as a returning WWII vet who's partner is killed by gangsters who take over his business.John Ireland is a scumbag columnist who rats him out to the hoods,hoping for a story on the syndicate.Joe's experiences while hiding out at the mission put him in touch with people who he discovers can benefit from the club's money.Evelyn Keyes and Beulah Bondi excellent,too.
An underrated gem
- Michael LaBrier
Here's a movie that doesn't get any respect. It's a great and moving performance from the whole cast, particularly Glenn Ford. Give it a watch and see for yourself.
So Glad to have finally seen this. Thanks TCM
I've wanted to see this film for ages and have not been disappointed, now I've finally seen it. Keyes and Ford are great together in this and 'The Mating of Millie'. It'a a pity they didn't make more films together! It's an unusual plot and Ford and Keyes play their parts superbly without making the script to schmaltzy.
The Keyes To The Ford!
- Steve S.
A good story with a excellent script make this movie a must see.Ford gives it all he has to make Joe Miracle a reality.
Desperate for copy of this
If anybody has a copy of this film that they would like to sell,I would love to buy one. I despair of ever seeing it shown on TV channels. It would have to be DVD-R as I live in the UK.
- William Brighenti
The dice game scene between Stanley Clements and Glenn Ford alone make this movie worth watching: it's hilarious. Stanley Clements adds a comic touch to a very under-rated film.
Wish Mr Soft Touch available on vhs Or DVD
- M A Sanko
Saw this film at Xmas and loved it it was on and old classic movie station and I thought it was a good film. Glenn Ford was so good as Joe, and Evelyn Keyes was just the best choice for the social worker this film would work today if Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the leads OR George Clooney & Nicole Kidman, a very fun holiday film that has a good message.
I remember seeing this movie every Christmas time when I was a child. I'm 52 now and was delighted that I remembered this classic to me, starring Glen Ford. I only wish it was available on DVD.