Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sunday Funday: Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season . . . in alphabetical order, here are a selection of classic Christmas movies and programs.  Enjoy!  And feel free to share your favorite and why.

3 Godfathers (1948) 
A Christmas western brought to you by John Ford with John Wayne as one of the Three Wise Men.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) 
The "Peanuts" gang muses over the over-commercialization of Christmas

A Christmas Carol  (1938) 
Dickens' classic with  Reginald Owen as the crotchety Scrooge

A Holiday Affair (1949) 
Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum are competitive shoppers at Christmas

Babes in Toyland (1934) 
Laurel and Hardy adventure in Toyland.

Babes in Toyland (1961) 
Disney, Technicolor and Annette Funicello. 

Bell, Book and Candle (1958) 
Kim Novak is a witch who casts a spell on James Stewart

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) 
Barbara Stanwyck puts on her domestic hat for a traditional Christmas

Frosty the Snowman (1969) 
Frosty is animated and a whole lot of fun, for kids and adults.

Holiday Inn (1942) 
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and the debut of the classic tune "White Christmas." 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967) 
Dr. Seuss' tale of how the Grinch's heart grew three sizes and the Whos in Whoovile are impossibly cheerful

I'll Be Seeing You (1944) 
Joseph Cotten is a soldier with PTSD and Ginger Rogers is on prison furlough.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) 
A millionaire family discovers a homeless person living in their NY pad.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 
Frank Capra, James Stewart as George Bailey and Clarence the Angel in need of wings combine to illustrate how one man can make a difference.

Meet John Doe (1941) 
Frank Capra, Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper plus a fake suicide note on Christmas Eve.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 
Judy Garland and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 
Christmas and Santa are on trial, with heartwarming results.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) 
An animated version of the Dickens classic with Mr. Magoo as the lead.

Remember the Night (1940)
Barbara Stanwyck is a shoplifter headed to jail and Fred MacMurray is her prosecutor who takes her home for Christmas. 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) 
A stop motion cartoon with an elf dentist and an island of misfit toys contributing to the story of Rudolph.

Scrooge (1951) 
This time it's Alistair Sim as the original Christmas grinch, Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Susan Slept Here (1954) 
Dick Powell is a struggling screenwriter and Debbie Reynolds the delinquent who crashes his Christmas.

The Bishop's Wife (1947)
A Christian themed tale with an all too human angel, as portrayed by Cary Grant 

The Holly and the Ivy (1952) 
An English minister and his family reunite for Christmas and remember World War II

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) 
Bob Hope is a conman swindling the Salvation Army where "Silver Bells" debuts

The Little Drummer Boy (1968) 
The story of the Nativity as told by, you guessed it, The Little Drummer Boy.

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)Monty Woolley is the worst Christmas house guest possible and Bette Davis is his secretary  
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are bickering coworkers and secret pen pals during Christmas

The Great Rupert (1950) 
Jimmy Durante and a kilt-wearing squirrel (seriously) 

We're No Angels (1955) 
Bogart and comedy!  Three escaped convicts learn the Christmas spirit

White Christmas (1954) 
A musical scored by Irving Berlin involving a failing Vermont inn.  And oh yeah, Bing Crosby.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sunday Funday: Thanksgiving Edition

Wishing my fellow Americans a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Which of these stars would you like to spend Thanksgiving with?

Angie Dickinson

Ann Blyth

Ann Miller 

Ann Sheridan

Anna Q. Nilsson 

Anne Shirley 

Barbara Bates

Barbara Eden

Barbara Kent

Bebe Daniels

Bette Davis

Bing Crosby

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable

Cary Grant

Chester Conklin and W.C. Fields

Clifton WebbAngie Dickinson

Debbie Reynolds 

Doris Day

Dorothy Dandridge

Esther Williams

Faye Webb

Frank Sinatra

Gwen Lee and Dorothy Sebastian

Howard Keel 

Jack Lemmon and wife Cynthia

Jane Russell

Jayne Mansfield

Jean Arthur and Lillian Roth

Jeanne Crain

Jimmy Durante

Joan Crawford 

Judy Garland

Laurel and Hardy

Leila Hyams


Loretta Young 

Lucille Ball

Margaret O'Brien

Marie McDonald

Marilyn Monroe

Mary Doran

Mary Philbin

Raquel Torres

Red Skelton

Rita Hayworth

Shirley Temple

Thelma Todd and Doris Dawson

Vera Ellen
Jimmy Stewart and Carole Lombard

Dinah Shore (and grateful servicemen)

Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor (and guests)