Monday, December 23, 2013

A Few Of My Favorite Christmas Movies

I deliberately left off of this list, "Miracle on 34th St, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and It's A Wonderful Life" I figure everyone has seen or heard of those and you don't need me repeating the same list over again. Some of these listed below I don't even think many people are aware are even Christmas movies. I would also like to add that "Die Hard" with Bruce Willis, is also one of my favorite Christmas movies, but it didn't really fit on this list.

10.The Shop around the Corner
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan
January 1, 1940
Many of the scenes in this one were copied directly by "You've Got Mail" but this one came first. Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite, if not my favorite actors. I deliberately left "It's A Wonderful Life" off of this list because I figure most people have seen it already. But this is a great movie, and it's set at Christmas time. I could easily have put this at number one on the list.
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 9. In The Good Old Summertime
Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall
July 29, 1949

Nope, this one isn't a joke - it's a Christmas movie! A musical adaptation of the above "Shop Around The Corner" Starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. It's a very similar story, but the addition of the musical elements and the changing of the location from Budapest to Chicago make this one different enough from the original for me to say I like them both. Why it is called In The Good Old Summertime, I have no idea, the whole thing takes place at Christmas!
In The Good Old Summertime on Amazon 

8. We're No Angels
July 7, 1955
Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll
Another film with a remake that many people don't realize was set at Christmas...and how can you go wrong with Bogey!

 7. Holiday Affair
Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh
December 24, 1949
A light-hearted story about a single mother who is trying to support her son, when she accidentally costs a store clerk his job. Although involved with another man she keeps bumping into the stranger over and over...
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6. Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo

December 1, 1989
Although I tried to avoid the really big Christmas hits on this list, 
I couldn't help but add this one. Always enjoyable to watch around 
the holidays, I think this one will easily become a Christmas classic 
- if it isn't already.

5.While You Were Sleeping
Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman
April 21, 1995
Some of you might be wondering why I put this one on my list. But I have to admit it's a great Christmas movie. It's light, funny, and just plain fun!

4. The Ref
Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey
March 9, 1994
I love this movie!. It's funny as hell if you like that type of sense of humor, and the whole thing takes place at Christmas. Kevin Spacey plays a very similar character to the one in American Beauty. Dennis Leary is at his sarcastic best. My favorite line..."Your husbands not dead lady, he's hiding"

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3. Christmas In Connecticut
Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan
January 1, 1945

"War hero Dennis Morgan becomes the object of a publicity stunt staged by magazine publisher Sidney Greenstreet. The corpulent print mogul announces that Morgan has won a Christmas dinner, to be prepared by the magazine's housekeeping expert Barbara Stanwyck in her own Connecticut home. The catch: Not only does Stanwyck not have a home in Connecticut, but she's never been in a kitchen in her life! She also doesn't have a husband (as her articles claim), so Stanwyck's erstwhile beau Reginald Gardiner is pressed into service as the hubby. As for the cooking, that will be handled by master chef S. Z. Cuddles Sakall. This solves everything, right? No way, Jose. Long dismissed as a lesser film farce, Christmas in Connecticut has its own irresistible charm, and has in recent years become a perennial Christmas-eve TV attraction. Pay absolutely no attention to the 1992 TV remake, starring Dyan Cannon and directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger."~ Hal Erickson


2. Holiday Inn
Bing Crosby and Fred Astare
January 1, 1942

 Music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire.
A great all around movie and in my opinion even better than "White Christmas". My favorite this time of year!

1. Any Rankin Bass Christmas Special
I never get sick of these. Even though I am sure (and hope) that everyone reading this has already seen these a dozen times or more, for me, Christmas time would not be the same without them. Just looking at the stop motion animation makes me smile.

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I hope everyone enjoyed looking at the list and maybe even found one or two movies they haven't seen.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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