I have a short list films that I like to watch come December some are well known as Christmas movies and some maybe new to you. So without further ado lets get to the list.
Charlie Brown’s Christmas
This recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its first airing on television. I will not get into the President of the United States interpretation of what the story is teaching, other than to say he got it wrong, but rather point out that this cartoon took a radical step by having the character of Linus recite the passage from Luke and in doing so point to the real reason for Christmas, Jesus.
The Grinch that stole Christmas.
Somebody mention that Jim Carrey/Ron Howard monstrosity and things are going to get ugly. No I am talking about the Boris Karloff narrated cartoon. Which by the way he did in one sitting or take according to his daughter.
A Claymation Christmas Special
Made by Wil Vinton this has two dinosaurs that introduce various Christmas carols with various amusing and wonderful animation. I particularly like the rendition of Joy to the World.
1951 A Christmas Carol (B&W) featuring Alistair Sim it is sometimes listed as Scrooge. I have seen many, some say too many, versions of the Christmas Carol and this is my very favorite. I think it gets closer to Dickens story than any other.
1947 The Bishop’s Wife. (B&W) Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. Cary Grant as an angel come to help the Bishop, David Niven, of a local parish remember what really is important at Christmas time and what he’s neglected. This is one of those warm beverage , cold winter day movies.
1946 It’s a Wonderful Life. (B&W) James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Henry Travers. Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey a good man who in a moment of desperation wishes an awful wish and gets to see what the consequences would have been. One of Frank Capra’s best movies.
1942 Holiday Inn. (B&W) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale. First of two musicals on this list. This romantic comedy is where the song White Christmas was first done on film. In my personal opinion it is better than the movie White Christmas as he was younger and in better voice. Having said that.
1954 White Christmas. (Color). Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. Danny Kaye’s antics really makes this movie for me. The story owes much to the film Holiday Inn and just about every song that was in Holiday Inn is in White Christmas. Of course the dance numbers are more elaborate than the ones in Holiday Inn.
2006 Hog Father. ( Color) David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner. Disc World’s version of winter holidays. Santa Claus is the Hog Father, a tusked man dressed in fur in a rough log sled pulled by four wild boars. Only a group of ethereal accountants want him dead, even though it is hard to kill mythological individuals. But not to fear Death takes a hand(?) and steps in for the Hog Father until all can be put to right. Not for everyone on Christmas.
So here is my list of Christmas movies.