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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Last year in this space, I listed my five favorite holiday films in no particular order. They were and still are: "A Christmas Story" (1983), "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), "Holiday Inn" (1942), "It’s a Wonderful Life" (1946), and "The Bishop’s Wife" (1947). These are shown endlessly during the holidays so there are plenty of opportunities to view them.
Here are some more Christmas and holiday films that I like and think that you would enjoy: "A Christmas Carol": This one has been made many times for television and the movies and, although most of the versions are excellent, I prefer the 1951 film with Alastair Sim as Scrooge and the 1984 television film with George C. Scott in the same role. "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945): Barbara Stanwyck stars as a supposed cooking expert who has to entertain a war veteran (Dennis Morgan) and her boss (Sydney Greenstreet) for Christmas dinner. The results are hilarious. "Holiday Affair" (1949): This stars a beautiful and young Janet Leigh as a widow with a young son who is being pursued by two guys (Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey) with very different personalities. It’s funny and heartwarming. "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1941): Monty Woolley is superb as the Alexander Woollcott type critic who breaks his leg and is forced to spend the winter with a mid-western family. Woolley re-created his role from the hilarious Broadway play of the same name.
Regardless of one’s beliefs, these are all great films to watch. I hope you get a chance to see them and have a great holiday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jim,
We appreciate your taste and talent for movie picks. It makes us curious and able to weed out the fluff. Keep the comments rolling!
Happy Holidays--oops--Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Nancy, PV