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My favorite Christmas movies


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Without fail I watch evry year at christmas time these films some are classics some not but they have stars that I either love or are just underatted movies. hey not may also be directed at Christmas but Christmas is a crucial part in a scene. Some may disagree but who cares. Not all of them are on dvd either or shown on tv often.

 

It's a Wonderful Life-James Stewart and Donna Reed.

Miracle on 34th Street-Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwynn and Natalie Wood.

The Bishop's Wife-Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven.

Christmas in Connecticut-Barbara Stanwyck.

Holiday Inn-Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale.

White Christmas-Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

Babes in Toyland/March of the Wooden Soldiers-Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Remember the Night-Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

A Christmas Carol/Scrooge-Alistar Simm.

A Christmas Story-Darren MacGavin, Melinda Dillion and Peter Billingsly.

The Man Who Came To Dinner-Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Wooley.

Good Sam-Gary Cooper and Ann Sheridan.

A Christmas Carol-Reginald Owen and Ann Rutherford.

Meet Me in St. Louis-Judy Garland and Mary Astor.

Going My Way-Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerzald.

The Bells of St. Mary's-Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

The Miracles of the Bells-Frank Sinatra, Fred MacMurray and Valli.

Miracle on 34th Street-Dylan McDermott and Elizabeth Perkins.

The Preacher's Wife-Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.

Home For The Holidays-Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Anne Bancroft.

The Family Man-Nicholas Cage and Tea Leone.

The Lemon Drop Kid-Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.

Auntie Mame-Rosalind Russell.

Mixed Nuts-Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein and Rita Wilson.

Life With Mikey-Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane and Cyndi Lauper.

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Dommy,

 

I'm glad you mentioned The Man Who Came To Dinner. It's been too long and my daughter has seen it but not my son so I just added it to my Blockbuster Queue. Thanks!

 

An additional fave of mine is 'Holiday Affair' with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. Janet plays a single mother war widow who is a department store comparison shopper. She causes Robert Mitchum to lose his job and the romance begins.

 

Donna

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thanks...not to make you spend too much time but can you tell me about

 

Remember the Night

The man who came to dinner

Good Sam

The Lemon Drop Kid

 

I agree with you on most of them (is home for the Holidays ok for young kids?)

 

I would rec Hercule Poirots Christmas if you like mysteries (a tad creepy in the Agatha Christie style) Very English...my kids loved it. Big Mansion owned by lecherous zillionaire, lots of suspects...fun for a wet and dreary evening.

 

It is available at Amazon.

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Remember the Night (1940) w/ Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is being shown on Sunday, Dec. 17th at 8pm. It is a fast and touching 86 minutes of muted sentiment from a couple of tough cookies and a director who's often (unjustly) remembered as a stylist rather than a thoughtful storyteller: Mitchell Leisen.

 

I think that kids might be bored, but discerning adults who like their Christmas movies with a dash of bitters and just a drop or two of feeling might enjoy it. It's been awhile since I've seen it, but there are a couple of fine scenes between the leads, especially one photographed mostly in silhouette at night in semi-darkness above--i think--Niagara Falls.

 

Thank you, TCM!

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Kevin,

 

Yes to all four questions! Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide says, 'Well-done Christmastime story of war widow Janet Leigh, with a young son, who's courted by nice guy Wendell Corey. Fate intervenes when she meets articulate, kindly rolling stone Robert Mitchum.' 1949. Three stars.

 

Donna

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