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#41 Terrence1

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 11:37 AM

There are many Christmas movies that I love, but two at the top of my list would be two wonderful Stanwyck movies.  "Christmas in Connecticut" is great with lots of heart and humor.  And "Remember the Night" is absolutely wonderful.  It's sentimental, but entirely believable.  Stanwyck at her best.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 09:18 PM

Around Thanksgiving every year I like to start thinking of my favorite Christmas films.

 

  I think A Christmas Carol '51 was a terrific film.  It is very atmospheric.  Alistair Sim is marvelous as the character he portrays!  I spotted a lot of British "newbies" who were already displaying future talent in films -; Patrick MacNee, Eleanor Summerfield, Carol Marsh.  Mervyn Johns and Hermoine Baddely were superb as the Cratchit parents.

 

A Christmas Carol 1938 version is wonderful too.  I loved Reginald Owen and all of the people in the story.  The Lockhart family; Gene, Kathleen, and even June (a child star at the time) gave a great performance.. The special effects are just wonderful.  Ann Rutherford is angelicly beautiful  as the Ghost of Christmas Past who is flying through the sky with Scrooge.  An hour glass ticks on in the background.

 

A Christmas Carol 1984  -  This version is a beautifully done rendition of the story.  The Christmas Carols - A Coventry Carol, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing, are wonderful and add a touching and lyrical atmosphere to the story.  I found George C, Scott a unique and wonderful Scrooge. The color snow scenes are quite beautiful too.

 

Another sentimental film of note is Beyond Tomorrow; 1940.  I first viewed this film a few years ago and was very impressed.  The opening music is heavenly and very touching. The story is a real tear-jerker.  Charles Winniger, Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith, Maria Ouspenskaya, RIchad Carlson, Helen Vinson all give wonderful performances.

 

The Lemon Drop Kid,  1951 -  Though a comedy, this is a sentimental Christmas film of note.  Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, etc. all turned in great performances.  Some of the scenes are hillarious as Bob Hope battles to raise "10 grand" by Christmas Eve to save himself from gangsters.  The scene in the department store window is not to be missed, or the one where Bob dresses like a woman and pretends to romance Lloyd Nolan, the gangster.

 

Many films were enhanced with Christmas scenes in the background; 

 

Curse of the Cat People, '44 - Ann Carter's parents are enjoying carolers and snow until they discover that she is lost.  The ending is bittersweet, as the child's new friend is very ill with a bad heart. 

 

The Brighton Strangler,  '44  -  John Loder gives a very convincing and scary performance outside, as a family enjoys the warmth of a fireside and a Christmas Tree resplendent with ornaments and ligthts.

 

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AS you can guess, I don't have snow here, so I can only imagine.  California is lucky to have rain on Christmas Eve.  Still the most important thing is that we are all together on Christmas Day.

 

Yea,  we could use the rain here in So Cal  (south OC).    As for favorite Christmas movies,  mine is The Bishop Wife.   I feel it has a nice message without being too pushy and with a good sense of humor.    



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 06:59 PM

Around Thanksgiving every year I like to start thinking of my favorite Christmas films.

 

  I think A Christmas Carol '51 was a terrific film.  It is very atmospheric.  Alistair Sim is marvelous as the character he portrays!  I spotted a lot of British "newbies" who were already displaying future talent in films -; Patrick MacNee, Eleanor Summerfield, Carol Marsh.  Mervyn Johns and Hermoine Baddely were superb as the Cratchit parents.

 

A Christmas Carol 1938 version is wonderful too.  I loved Reginald Owen and all of the people in the story.  The Lockhart family; Gene, Kathleen, and even June (a child star at the time) gave a great performance.. The special effects are just wonderful.  Ann Rutherford is angelicly beautiful  as the Ghost of Christmas Past who is flying through the sky with Scrooge.  An hour glass ticks on in the background.

 

A Christmas Carol 1984  -  This version is a beautifully done rendition of the story.  The Christmas Carols - A Coventry Carol, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing, are wonderful and add a touching and lyrical atmosphere to the story.  I found George C, Scott a unique and wonderful Scrooge. The color snow scenes are quite beautiful too.

 

Another sentimental film of note is Beyond Tomorrow; 1940.  I first viewed this film a few years ago and was very impressed.  The opening music is heavenly and very touching. The story is a real tear-jerker.  Charles Winniger, Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith, Maria Ouspenskaya, RIchad Carlson, Helen Vinson all give wonderful performances.

 

The Lemon Drop Kid,  1951 -  Though a comedy, this is a sentimental Christmas film of note.  Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, etc. all turned in great performances.  Some of the scenes are hillarious as Bob Hope battles to raise "10 grand" by Christmas Eve to save himself from gangsters.  The scene in the department store window is not to be missed, or the one where Bob dresses like a woman and pretends to romance Lloyd Nolan, the gangster.

 

Many films were enhanced with Christmas scenes in the background; 

 

Curse of the Cat People, '44 - Ann Carter's parents are enjoying carolers and snow until they discover that she is lost.  The ending is bittersweet, as the child's new friend is very ill with a bad heart. 

 

The Brighton Strangler,  '44  -  John Loder gives a very convincing and scary performance outside, as a family enjoys the warmth of a fireside and a Christmas Tree resplendent with ornaments and ligthts.

 

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AS you can guess, I don't have snow here, so I can only imagine.  California is lucky to have rain on Christmas Eve.  Still the most important thing is that we are all together on Christmas Day.






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