O Henry’s Full House

foreign lobby card for Ransom of Red Chief from O  Henry’s Full House (1952)

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O Henry’s Full House

The Dorset Family in Ransom of Red Chief, the story directed by Howard Hawks in O’ Henry’s Full House (1952).  Hawks’ segment was cut in many releases of the film, while the title was not changed from a full house to four of a kind.  The reasoning by Twentieth Century Fox was that Hawks’ comedy was out of place with the other four dramatic  O Henry short stories.

O Henry’s Full House

Fred Allen and Oscar Levant kidnap a disagreeable little boy for The Ransom of Red Chief in O Henry’s Full House (1952)

O Henry’s Full House

original lobby card for The Ransom of Red Chief segment of O Henry’s Full House (1952)

O Henry’s Full House

O Henry’s Full House

O Henry’s Full House is Howard Hawks’ 37th film.

O Henry’s Full House premiered Aug 7, 1952 but Howard Hawks’ segment, The Ransom of Red Chief, was deleted because of its comedic element whereas the other segments were strictly dramatic.  It turned the full house into four of a kind, but no one seemed to notice.

O Henry’s Full House

Fred Allen and Oscar Levant come to regret kidnapping Lee Aaker as JB, or Red Chief, in The Ransom of Red Chief, an episode of O Henry’s Full House (1952).