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Two Different Christmas Movies

Updated on November 28, 2012

Two Unique Christmas Movies

Every Christmas means movies to watch new and old to energize the Christmas spirit. There's the classics such as “Miracle on 34th Street,” It's a “Wonderful Life,” countless versions of Scrooge and the all day marathon of “The Christmas Story” with Ralphie. Then there is the Hallmark channel that seems to crank out endless new made for TV movies.

Two of the movies I enjoy are a little unique in that people don't consider them to be actual Christmas movies and in some circles, not as well known. Both are excellent, clean family fun and though one was made in 1940 and the other in 1955, both movies are as relevant now as when they were made.

OK, the first movie the 1955 “We're No Angels,” seems a highly unlikely candidate for a Christmas movie as it involves three convicts that break out from Devel's Island. Humphrey Bogart heads an excellent cast in this comedy. These three convicts decide to rob a a store run by a kind, caring family by getting a job to fix the store's roof.
The convicts soon discover the precarious financial state of the families fortunes. They are barely being able to keep the store open.

After getting to know the family and spending Christmas with them they decide to help out the family, in their own unique way. This is a gem of a movie with some excellent dry humor.

Be warned this movie is selling for a whopping $63.00 on Amazon but also from Amazon you can buy the digital download for $9.99 with yours to keep or $2.99 for a 24 hour viewing. Another option would be to get this movie from Netflix.

The second movie is the 1940 “The Shop Around the Corner” with Jimmy Stewart. This movie was loosely remade in the Tom Hanks 1998 movie “You've Got Mail.” I do say loosely.

Jimmy Stewart plays a clerk in a small Budapest store with a co-worker, played by Margaret Sullavan. These two find they can hardly stand each other but, unknown to both of these individuals they are each others pen pals. Pen pals that are falling in love.

There is also a fine performance by Frank Morgan as the shop's blustery owner and a touching scene when he invites a young clerk to spend Christmas dinner with him.

Both of these movies were made in a simpler time with the magic of what movies used to be like. No special effects just making characters viewers care about.

Amazon sells this movie for $14.63 individually but I found an unbelievable deal. You can get the same movie on Amazon with three other classic Christmas movies for $12.99! The other movies are “A Christmas Carol” 1938, “Christmas in Connecticut 1945”, and “It Happened on 5th Avenue.” I actually bought this set from Amazon while writing this article. "It Happened on 5th Avenue" sounds like a good movie and Netflex dosn't carry it.


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