Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday Films from the days of old. While there are quite a few classic movies out there we decided to narrow it down to ones we’ll definitely make time for.
- Christmas in Connecticut(1945): My absolute favorite Christmas film! Dennis Morgan and a smitten Barbara Stanwyck. And if you have this one on dvd make sure to watch the short films included.
- Holiday Inn(1942): TCM honors Fred Astaire this month, and it just doesn’t get any better than him trying to find the dance partner of his dreams based on what she looks like from the back. And hearing Bing Crosby sing White Christmas is just icing on the cake.
- It Happened on Fifth Avenue(1947): I love, love, love this film. The story of a tramp that takes over the vacant winter home of the elite is filled with hilarious lines, Christmas morals and my favorite scene with the owner of a second hand shop.
- Remember the Night(1940): When I watched this with my mother, she said “that’s how it ends?” But the journey with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is so lovely you almost don’t care. It’s a must see.
- Miracle on 34th Street(1947): The Christmas Classic we’ve of course all seen, and as much as sometimes it may feel like a chore to put this one on( never!) the season doesn’t seem to officially start without the Macy’s Day Parade scene.
- We’re No Angels(1955): Devil’s Island 1895 Christmas Eve. Three escaped convicts, hideout in an inept shopkeeper’s family owned store. Maybe they’ll rob them a little bit then murder them in their beds…then again maybe they won’t…this dark comedy Christmas Classic brings all the ‘Sentimental Moments’ of the Holiday Season especially the ‘it’s the thought that counts’ part. How can you go wrong with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and a hunky Aldo Ray as Angels.
- It’s a Wonderful Life(1946): No man is poor who has friends! ( not facebook friends, people). And what a good lesson for all of us in this digital age. Leave it to Classic Hollywood to succeed in life lessons and suicide prevention. Try to get this one at least once this season.
- Meet John Doe (1941): John Doe’s ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ philosophy ends up being a good idea gone bad. And in bad we mean Edward Arnold as D.B. Norton. Of course it being a Frank Capra movie starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper automatically makes it a must see film. The Dimitri Tiomkin music score sets the Christmas sentiment tone.