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Classic Hollywood - Favorite Christmas Movies

Updated on December 27, 2012

White Christmas - 1954

In this classic Christmas movie, Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace and Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, are two army buddies who team up after the end of WWII to form a successful song and dance team; so successful, in fact, that there has been little time for romance. When they follow a sister act to an Inn in Vermont they discover their ex-commanding officer is the owner of the failing resort. In order to bring the Inn back to life, Wallace and Davis bring their entire Broadway cast to Vermont and put on a show for Christmas Eve. Romance and the problems that romance brings, happens between lots of singing and dancing.

The movie stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, and Mary Wickes.

The finale of White Christmas
The finale of White Christmas

It's A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas movie with a storyline that has been copied many times,but has never been done better. George Bailey, a frustrated man, played by Jimmy Stewart, is given the chance to see what life for his friends and family would have been like, if he had never been born. Fledgling angel, Clarence intervenes as George contemplates suicide; thinking that everyone would benefit from his death. With the help of his guardian angel, George realizes that success isn't always measured in dollars, and that he has been a positive influence on the lives he's touched and has lived a wonderful life.

The cast includes, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed
Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is a classic holiday movie with a twist. Jim Hardy, played by Bing Crosby, the singing half of a vaudeville team, retires to a country Inn. Finding retirement boring, he decides to open the Inn to the public, but only on holidays. With the help of an aspiring singer, Linda Mason, the inn opens on New Years Eve. Things get complicated when Jim's old partner, dancer Ted Hanover, played by Fred Astaire, shows up and wants Linda for his new partner. The movie introduces the song White Christmas. The holiday themed songs are hit and miss, but the dancing by Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds is superb.

The cast includes, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, and Walter Able.

Bing Crosby - Holiday Inn
Bing Crosby - Holiday Inn

The Bishop's Wife

When the Bishop, played by David Niven, gets so overwhelmed with fundraising for a new cathedral, he begins to distance himself from his wife and daughter and the faithful parishioners from his church. Feeling the strain, he prays for guidance. Guidance comes in the form of Dudley, a charming angel played by Cary Grant. With Dudley's help, the Bishop comes to learn what is important in life and where he really belongs. Loretta Young plays the Bishop's wife who finds herself smitten by the unearthly charm of Dudley.

The cast includes, David Niven, Cary Grant, Loretta Young, Montey Woolely, and Elsa Lanchester.

Cary Grant, Loretta Young The Bishop's Wife
Cary Grant, Loretta Young The Bishop's Wife

Christmas in Connecticut

Food columnist, Elizabeth Lane, played by Barbara Stanwyck, has everyone convinced that she is the perfect housewife, complete with husband and baby, however, she is actually a single woman who knows nothing about cooking.  When her boss invites himself and a WWII hero to Christmas dinner, she must try to live up to her 'housewife' image.  By borrowing a baby, agreeing to marry her boyfriend and bringing in a cook, she almost pulls it off.  Trouble happens when she falls for the hero.

The cast includes, Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, and S.Z. Sakall

Christmas in Connecticut
Christmas in Connecticut

Miracle on 34th Street

A young lawyer, played by John Payne, defends a Macy's Santa Claus who had been institutionalized for claiming he is the real St. Nick.  Maureen O'Hara, Macy's special events director, has trouble believing while her daughter, a young Natalie Wood, is convinced that this Santa is the real deal.

Movie stars John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn.

Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Carol - 1951

A Christmas Carol is a traditional Christmas story that has been remade many times. It is the timeless story of Scrooge and his night of visiting ghosts. By glimpsing his past, present, and future, Scrooge comes to realize what the true meaning of Christmas is all about and that it is truly better to give than to receive.

This version stars Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermoine Baddeley, and Michael Hordern.

Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim

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  • lafenty profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from California

    Me too!

  • Malcolm_Cox profile image


    8 years ago from Newcastle, England

    All classics but I love it's a Wonderful Life - I cry every time!

  • hub007 profile image


    8 years ago

    thanks for the nice sharing awesome article and such a mind blowing videos thx

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    Susan Hazelton 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Everyone of the movies you mentioned are on my must see Christmas movie list. They don't make them like that anymore.

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    8 years ago from Singapore

    Nice selections, reminded me of good old Christmas's still awesome now but I was younger back then and could do more :)

    Thanks for this nice looking hub.

    Rated it and following you. Looking forward for your hubs. Don't forget to check my hubs too :)

  • William F. Torpey profile image

    William F Torpey 

    8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Wonderful selections, lafenty. Bing Crosby is truly "Mr. Christmas," and his "White Christmas" and "Holiday Inn" are the greatest as your video selections prove. Crosby's "One Minute to Midnight," which was on the flip side of his "White Christmas" record has never gotten the recognition it deserves. It's always been a big favorite of mine. "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Bishop's Wife" and "Miracle on 34th Street" are some of my favorite as well. It was an extra treat to see Jimmy Gleason video with Cary Grant and Dennis Morgan with Barbara Stanwyck. Merry Christmas!


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