While the whole of America starts shopping at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, us lovers of Classic Hollywood forego the black Friday shopping craze and dive right into Christmas Movies. Thankfully since time moves forward.. the word “classic” starts to encompass more and more movies.
Our classic hollywood holiday movie list includes everything up to the year 2000… yes, yes we know there are awesome movies post-2000 but they’re not quite classic yet. These films have stood the test of time.
Watch, enjoy and take a minute to boycott shopping and enjoy some good old fashioned family Christmas films. Let the holiday joy begin!
The piece de resistance of all Holiday Films, which has enjoyed decades of acclaim, did horribly at the box office. It was rumored that 8 actresses turned down the role of Mary opposite George Bailey because of their dislike of James Stewart- of them ex-girlfriend Ginger Rogers. Luckily, the film came together beautifully, filled with memorable lines and scenes that have helped define the holiday season.
Enjoy this one today while unwrapping gifts, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
No Christmas Eve would be complete without a viewing of the Grinch. While you’re finishing up last minute wrapping, mingling with friends and family, and thinking about a very full and hectic tomorrow, listen for Boris Karloff’s last line “Christmas day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp, Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we and we. Welcome Christmas while we stand heart to heart and hand to hand. “
Jim Backus plays the loveably blind Mr. Magoo( aka Scrooge), in yet another Christmas Carol rendition, in cartoon and complete with Razzleberry dressing. A hilarious spin on the fact we all get older, shorter, blinder, and hard of hearing, that doesn’t stop Mr. Magoo from trying to become a better person along the way.
This has got to be one of our favorites. With the introduction of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas to masses, choreography done in the golden age of musicals, and that slapstick humor all 1940’s fans know and love, this film made Christmas Films a genre all its own.
Greer Garson narrates this tale of the little drummer boy, while comedian Zero Mostel plays the bad guy. A very sad sort of Christmas film this one doesn’t really meet our “cheery” requirement for the season- but with such top notch players we thought we’d cozy up with Kleenex to help remember the reason for the season.
Insanity is a crazy thing, isn’t it? Sometimes you don’t even know you have it until someone lets you know. Luckily, everyone in this film is infected.
With little Susan reciting “I believe, I believe, …it’s silly, but I believe”, poor janitor Albert just realizing he had childhood issues with his father, Kris Kringle being committed in and out of Bellvue, Doris not believing in fairytales, and Fred Gailey unsure of that cane leaning in the corner, the whole film may as well have been filmed in a nuthouse!
Luckily we’re still using its wonder and magic in life today.
Nothing brings out the crazies like the holiday season- give in and enjoy it.
Our Thursday night cozy film features David Niven and Ginger Rogers, as store owner and employee during the holidays.
When a series of misunderstandings, assumptions, and misdirected actions ensue, our two main characters get themselves in a bit of a pickle with a baby, a father, a dance contest, and some well meaning proprietors of the local orphanage. Enjoy some Classic Hollywood slapstick fun to help finish out your week.
Who can forget the voice of the narrator in Frosty the Snowman?
Jimmy Durante famed for his snozz, and scratchy voice leads everyone into this classic tale of Frosty and the aspiring millionaire magician- Professor Hinkle.
People always say that Christmas is a Romantic time of year. How? Why?
Where did this saying come from?
My only guess so far is that some child once watched Babes in Toyland and saw Mary Contrary’s Christmas Wedding Dress, Cloak, and Horse Drawn Carriage. This is the stuff Disney Dreams are made of. With the illustrious beach bingo babe Annette Funicello and heartbreaker Tommy Sands, this film is filled with childhood stories that everyone will remember, and the kids will love. You’ll have the songs stuck in your head for a lifetime.