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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 as Scrooge
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- Christmas in Connecticut (1945) - IMDb
Directed by Peter Godfrey. With Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner.
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