These are some great movies, aren't they? ;). Nicolas Cage stars as an ambitious workaholic who gets a magical chance to spend the holidays as a family man. This hub showcases eight lesser-known Christmas movies of the era. That cannot be said of Remember the Night which I watch every year now- I had never even heard of it before and that is not like me. I watched “Star in the Night” on YouTube last weekend, but I’d love to add it to my DVD collection. The title doesn't sound Christmassy in 21st century standards, but the story/plot is really all about Christmas and how it makes people's hearts tender and willing to do what is right. Remember the Night (1940) Don't miss it! The "forgotten" classics are harder to find, but the search will be well worth your effort. This 1934 crime comedy is a Christmas movie unlike any other. 0–9. Then there are iconic characters like Kevin McAllister in Home Alone who never fails to get a laugh. Christmas Holiday is on my to see list. The story centers on a cabaret singer in World War II New Orleans who starts a conversation with a soldier stranded during the holidays. An old time radio drama inspired the 1944 film. By DeAnna Janes. 03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011 At this late date, one must prioritize one's Christmas movies. I haven’t seen the others yet, but I do want to see “The Man Who Invented Christmas” when it arrives at my local theater. The modern tradition of watching holiday films next to a roaring fire, surrounded by loved ones … Rankin/Bass Productions' stop-motion short films hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who grew up watching them. The Lady in the Lake: Like many 1940s holiday movies, this one uses Christmas cards for its credit sequence; since it’s a film noir based on the detective novel by Raymond Chandler, however, there’s a gun under those cards. The Pioneer Woman participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Then see all of the holiday films Hulu has to offer. @Maureen, "Come To The Stable" is one of my favorites, too. If your personal DVD collection is like mine, you already own a copy of White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. It's fabulous. The Internet Archive works to collect films that reside in the public domain, and you can watch this one online for free. Christmas was a moving festival. It Happened On Fifth Avenue was on twice this month the last time just this past Sun. Don't miss this holiday classic, but watch it with a box of tissues! This begins a complicated holiday romance, with lively competition for the widow's affections. He said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word! I absolutely love Remember the Night and Holiday Affair (big fan of Fred MacMurray and Robert Mitchum. If you know where to find a copy in stock, please share details in the comments section. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 22, 2010: @JDiNova, "The Bishop's Wife" is a great movie, too. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on September 23, 2015: Thank you for your suggestion, Sylvain. When two women swap homes for the holidays, neither expects to fall in love or get a life-long friendship out of the deal. Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey and Harry Morgan star in the film. Classic Christmas movies hold a special sort of charm that are so different from the newer Hallmark Christmas movies or these original Netflix Christmas movies.The old black-and-white top Christmas movies somehow capture everything we love about the holidays, particularly the nostalgia factor. I just checked Amazon.com, and they have two copies (new and used) available on DVD. I can't wait to view them myself! 1" (2011) It's found on special feature in "Christmas in Connecticut". Christopher Plummer plays opposite Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music" which is also an uplifting, inspirational holiday movie. ...another classic: The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant,David Niven and Loretta Young. 1940- We still spoke German at home in Utica NY. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in "Remember the Night.". The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together. @darkstar, I enjoy watching Barbara Stanwyck's movies, including "Christmas in Connecticut." Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on November 28, 2011: Hi, Cyndi! But, as Sturges summarized, “love reformed her and corrupted him.”. It Happened on Fifth Avenue is a 1947 Christmas comedy starring Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore and Gale Storm. Are You Brave Enough for These Halloween Movies? I'm glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Here is her comment: "I think a great idea for the coming month would be a post on wonderful Christmas/Holiday movies and TV shows … Like you, I really enjoy the old black and white movies… Thank you for mentioning it here. :). Watching the Griswold family's crazy antics unfold is a surefire way to make you feel grateful for your own relatives. TCM has also aired Beyond Christmas a number of times. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on September 27, 2011: Thank you, Mickey Sr. The classic story of the red-nosed reindeer who saves Christmas comes to life in this sweet stop-motion film. The 1945 film is a modernized version of the biblical Christmas story. After you've finished all of those, we suggest picking up a Christmas book to read. If you're a serious movie-watcher and you make your way through all of these in record time, give the best Christmas movies on Netflix a try. While it's not your typical Christmas movie, every '80s kid knows that Gremlins deserves a watch every holiday season. It's another film that made the list for "Best Classic Christmas Movies Ever: A Baker's Dozen." Thank you for dropping in and leaving a comment! Nothing warms a winter day like a mug of hot chocolate and a wonderful old movie. Movies that are in the public domain are available for free viewing at the Internet Archives Moving Image Library. And I'm eager to watch these and other Christmas classics again soon. And I also love Holiday Affair. Young Kevin McAllister's (Macaulay Culkin) expression after slapping on aftershave is so iconic, it has become synonymous with Christmas itself. Whenever I see a list of overlooked Xmas gems, I always look for "Someone to Remember" (1943) and "Junior Miss" (1945)--in vain. And when one prioritizes one's movies, Christmas or otherwise, it's advisable to stick with a battle-tested decade of film-making: the 1940s. Smith is the founder of Savoring Home, a lifestyle blog about home, family, and faith. Every item on this page was chosen by The Pioneer Woman team. A teenager and his younger sister only have one wish this Christmas: They want their divorced parents to get back together. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will feature "Holiday Affair" twice this season: December 20 at 8PM (ET) and December 24 at 3PM (ET). Santa Claus: The Movie: … Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas came out in the late 1990s, and it is really a film that is aimed at children. Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi and Sterling Holloway star in the romantic comedy written by Preston Sturges. 1940s > Christmas specials, episodes, and movies released between 1930 and 1939. Meet Me in St. louis seems to air all the time where I live and I had heard of it before I saw it. Great list. The melancholgy drama from 1941 stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunn. Are you looking for a Christmas movie to watch during the holidays? Merry Christmas! A sweet, sentimental movie...and another one to watch with a box of tissues. another great movie is "Tenth Avenue Angel" with Margaret O'Brien, "Star in the Night" can be found on Amazon. Penny Serenade is available for viewing on the Internet Archive. The intertwining stories of nine different couples will warm your heart and remind you that love actually is all around. During the holiday break, the woman and the attorney fall in love. Do any of these films feature a character who is an uncle to the female protagonist that is a die-hard Alabama football fan? The high school play on Dec. 13, 1945, was "A Bell for Adano" and the movie hit in Stockton was "A Tale of Two Cities." All aboard! @Woody Marx, I'm with you! And if Christmas movies constitute a cinematic kingdom all … Hi. Do you remember seeing the wide tree with its outstretched arms, the screw in lights, and all the tinsel? This is a tradition at our house. When a war veteran discovers her plight, he offers to buy the toy. $46.70 shipping. The story follows a kindhearted soldier who suffers from shell shock and battle fatigue. These Christmas Movies Will Bring You So Much Joy. Thank you for stopping by. All customers get FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. Reading your description and the IMDb storyline, it sounds like a delightful film. Tim Allen is Santa Claus in this hilarious Disney classic that's fit for all ages. Have yourself a vintage little Christmas. It’s highlighted on my other Christmas movie hub (see the “beloved holiday staples” link above). Four Must-See Christmas Movies of the 1940s. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on November 13, 2011: Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on November 07, 2011: Hello, gryphin423. Beyond Tomorrow (film) Christmas Holiday is the film noir of holiday film collections. Here is my list of eight wonderful "forgotten" films of the 1940s. See how far they'll go to make it happen in the laugh-out-loud comedy. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 30, 2010: Terry C, thanks for mentioning this one. It is very hard to locate for rent or for purchase. I love “Miracle of the Bells,” Carol. Penny Serenade and The Bishop's Wife are wonderful films, and they're two of my favorites. I've seen most of these, but I don't believe I've ever seen 'Beyond Christmas.' A few days ago, Marja submitted the following comment asking for different holiday movies suggestions. An opportunistic drifter and his friends take up residence in a New York mansion while the wealthy owner is away for Christmas. You're welcome, defeblearia. 'Meet Me in St Louis' Christmas wouldn't be complete without a bit of Judy Garland. ' But things take a turn when an unexpected guest arrives. My family and I will have to check on this one, too. It's good to know that some of the old classics are airing on cable television this holiday season. In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 20, 2010: @Lauren, thanks for reading my hub and sharing your personal recommendations. Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on November 27, 2011: Hello Annette, Thank you for providing such a great list of movie possibilities for the season. We recommend watching it in black and white to get the full experience. I have seen It Happened On Fifth Avenue and Holiday Affair on TCM too, but I don't watch them every year. Free Shipping by Amazon. The story centers on a homeless man and his friends, who secretly take up residence in a Fifth Avenue townhouse while the owners spend their Christmas in the South. )And of course Penny Serenade with Cary Grant. What is your favorite classic Christmas movie? Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 10, 2017: That’s great, Kay! The story takes place in a little retail shop in Budapest, Hungary. It is based on Dickens' creation of A Christmas Carol and stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast) and Christopher Plummer. i must admit that I hadn't heard of Beyond Christmas. Great post! Yours is the 1st list I've come across that is informative and real - not just regurgitating this sorry generation's lame lists of lovable sluts with a heart of gold crap, but actual storytelling. Thanks for your input. If you're a serious movie-watcher and you make your way through all of these in record time, give the best Christmas movies on Netflix a try. Remember The Night is another holiday gem from 1940. (November 30, 2010) [Various film titles]. The beloved holiday staples never go out of style, but maybe you want to light up your Christmas with something new. I had fun with the research and writing, and I look forward to watching many of these movies again this holiday season. Both lovers long for a normal life together, but they wonder if that is possible once their secrets are known. Disney's animated remake of A Christmas Carol, lead by Jim Carrey, is one of the most magical versions of the film ever seen. Thank you so much for your recommendation! Nothing warms a winter day like a mug of hot chocolate and a wonderful old movie. A Christmas Carol (1984) - The full film from 1984 originally based on the book by Charles Dickens. Other great ones include The Bishop's Wife (C. Grant,Loretta Young + David Niven); Trading Places; Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell), Shop Around The Corner (J. Stewart); One Magic Christmas and A Christmas Candle. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 18, 2017: I love “The Sound of Music.” It’s the first movie I saw on the big screen (I was a toddler, and the movie was still in theaters a few years after its release) - and I’ve watched it many times since then. Donald Woods in the 1937 film "Sea Devils.". One forgotten gem is The Cheaters (1945). Antique German Putz Snowman US Zone Nodder Bird On Spring Mica Snow baby Vntg. “An Affair to Remember” is one of my favorites, too. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 40 Gifts Under $25 That Are Thoughtful and Useful, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Remember The Night and I'll Be Seeing You are two of my favorites as well. I'll have to start my holiday viewing a little sooner this year, so I can watch more of these classics. gryphin423 from Florida on November 07, 2011: Finally a list that has Meet Me in St Louis on it! The music evokes numerous memories for the wife, as she prepares to leave her husband and their marriage. There's a great one from the mid 1950s with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov & Aldo Ray: We're No Angels (1955). If I can find it for sale anywhere online, I will certainly post about it here. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) The hard-won uplift and triumph of director Frank Capra’s fantasy drama … Some of the best Christmas movies of all time were released so long ago that they're only available in black and white—yet somehow, beloved films like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street never get old. For a better purchase, look for "I'll Be Home For Christmas: Christmas Classics from the War Years/Songs that Won the War". Only he didn't say "fudge." I'm so glad you enjoyed and appreciated this hub. 3 Godfathers (1948 film) A. Alias Boston Blackie; B. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on October 12, 2011: @FloraBreenRobison, thanks for stopping by! Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) writes one of the most famous columns in the country—until a curious stranger (Dennis Morgan) discovers the entire thing is a sham. Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2011: I am going to start Christmas early this year just so I can get in all these movies! Thanks for the suggestions and the super Hub! If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks. A Macy's holiday worker who claims his name is Kris Kringle brings Christmas spirit to everyone he meets. This year, start a new movie tradition with a "forgotten" holiday classic from the 1940s. If you are interested, just let me know and I'll provide you with 3 hours of enchantment. It includes a fantastic performance by Monty Woolley. This sweet, sentimental movie begs rediscovery by modern audiences. Join a desperate dad on his out-of-control mission to find his son the perfect Christmas gift. A Star In The Night is an extra on a recent DVD release of Christmas In Connecticut. Highly recommended. Thanks for your comment! Thank you so much for sharing these, some I had never hear of before ;-). The movie is set in New York City -- specifically Fifth Avenue, "the richest avenue in the world.". I haven't seen "The Cheaters," but it's now on my holiday movie list! Beyond Tomorrow is a real holiday gem. It wouldn't be Christmas without Jack Frost and Heat Miser trying to ruin it! I was not familiar with "The Cheaters," so I looked it up on the Internet Movie Database. It also contains elements of the Charles Dickens novella, “A Christmas Carol.”, According to a Turner Classic Movies review, the story is shared "from the point of view of a Scrooge-like jaded man with little use for the Christmas holiday.". The story centers on the ghosts of three old men who are determined to help two young people they befriended one Christmas Eve. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 18, 2012: Mark your calendars! On the night before Christmas, a desperate man will go to desperate measures. VINTAGE CHRISTMAS 1940's MARKS USA GLASS TREE ORNAMENTS UNSILVERED W/BOX. Thanks for the heads up. The popular Christmas movies are fun, but I love the rare old gems! The popular Bing Crosby recording of "I'll Be Seeing You" is featured throughout the movie. Where's Jimmy Durante's "The Great Rupert"? This John Hughes classic proves itself to be a must-watch year after year. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. These films just set the holly-jolly mood! Holiday Inn – 1942; directed by Mark Sandrich; starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, … Enjoy the holidays! The former is an exquisite, forgotten gem with that grand character actress Mabel Paige as a feisty senior citizen who refuses to relocate when the town decides to turn her apartment building into a boys' dormitory for the local college. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on January 12, 2013: Hello, ambyn. The Shop Around the Corner from 1940 is another vintage Christmas favorite, although not a typical Christmas movie. With Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh. Although decades before my time, to me it’s a 1940’s Christmas tree. I haven't seen it yet but "The Man Who Invented Christmas" has received good reviews. Department. Meet me In St Louis airs often throughout the year on TCM and every Christmas season more than once. Our top picks (including classic and modern options) are available on Prime. Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh in "Holiday Affair.". 1940s Christmas drama films‎ (1 C, 9 P) Pages in category "1940s Christmas films" The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total. “Christmas Holiday” is available for free on YouTube! $78.95. One that should be added as #1, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942). The story unfolds in flashbacks, triggered by musical recordings. but cannot find a dvd. Shirley MacLaine stars opposite Jack Lemmon in this 1960 romantic comedy about a desperate businessman who lets his bosses use his Upper West Side apartment for their affairs. Merry Christmas, and enjoy the shows! "Miracle of the Bells" - Fred MacMurray, Lee J. Cobb, Alida Valli and Frank Sinatra as a - get this - Polish priest. A song from this 1940s film, "That’s What Christmas Means to Me,” became a 1950s hit for Eddie Fisher. Star in the Night (short film) - can be found on U-Tube - which is free. Thank you for your comments. Luckily, you can do all three at once while you make your way through these classic Christmas movies. It's true that you can watch them regardless of the season (hey, Christmas in July is a thing!). It’s always good to hear from you! nobody ever remembers Curse of the Cat People. This year, watch one of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime — for free! Thanks. 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The Wizard of … You can't have Christmas without celebrating Halloween first, but Jack Skellington wants the best of both worlds. I've only seen one of the movies on your list, Penny Serenade. If you know where to find a copy for rent, purchase or viewing, please share the details in the comments section. This dark film is the most obscure Christmas movie on my list. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 16, 2016: Thank you for sharing this, Jamie. But then he unexpectedly raises the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa? That’s good to know. As they struggle to overcome their problems and keep their marriage together, they wonder if the relationship is worth saving. Die Hard is an action film that is securely set into the Christmas movie list — and if Die Hard counts as a Christmas movie… Kelly O’Sullivan is the content strategy editor for The Pioneer Woman and manages the website’s social channels, in addition to covering entertainment and lifestyle news. i think the movie "SINCE YOU WENT AWAY" should qualify as an xmas gem! Aug 18, 2019 - Explore Santas Working Overtime's board "Christmas Movies - 1930's /1940's", followed by 1050 people on Pinterest. Penny Serenade is often included in Christmas film lists because of some holiday settings. "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Elf" will never get old! @C.J. I included in another of my hubs, "The Best Classic Christmas Movies Ever--A Baker's Dozen" (see link above). There are countless adaptations of Charles Dickens's celebrated Christmas story, but this black-and-white version from 1941 is among the best. It's the only place it's available. There's something so magical about cuddling up by the fire and watching Donna Reed and … ... came to Stockton with her family in the 1940s… Like Christmas Holiday, Star in the Night is another obscure film that is very hard to locate. Set during the holiday season, this story centers on a war widow who can't afford to buy her son a toy train for Christmas. 1-16 of over 20,000 results for "christmas movies" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. The old black-and-white classics really are the best. This beloved animated movie is meant for kids, but it will also remind adults of the magic of Christmas. Through a series of flashbacks, the woman recounts her tragic story of marriage to a murderous Creole scoundrel. Votes: 129,094 | Gross: $20.61M Harry Carey, Charles Winninger and C. Aubrey Smith play the trio of matchmaking ghosts. Terrific film remade limply for Denzel Washington. Santa must stop Satan from ruining Christmas. "Junior Miss" is simply one of the funniest movies ever made about a young Manhattan teenager (the glorious Peggy Ann Garner) who inadvertently ruins her family's Christmas, and just as inadvertently sets everything right after 94 hilarious minutes. It can be seen in full on youtube, though. Dec 16, 2019 Courtesy. Kevin McAllister's family left him behind (again), forcing the 8-year-old mischief-maker to navigate the holidays in New York City. The 1940 black-and-white film was later released as a colorized version called Beyond Christmas. My favorite has always been "Come to the Stable" (1949) with Loretta Young and Celeste Holm. And let's not forget the charm of Frosty or Rudolph and the nostalgia we feel when we see them on the small screen. Two more great ones for Christmas are "An Affair To Remember" (C. Grant + D. Kerr); and, "We're No Angels" (H. Bogart + P. Ustinov). 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