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karas1 12/9/2012 6:24:16 AM

My favorite version of A Christmas Carol is the one with the muppets.  Michael Caine makes a superior Scrooge and hey, Kermit the Frog is in it!

karas1 12/9/2012 6:32:05 AM

Another holiday movie I love is March of the Wooden Soldiers, the Disey version.  The beginning of the film is a little slow due to they keep halting the plot for musical numbers, but the music is wonderful and any movie with walking, carniverous trees is good in my book.

LadyBrowncoat 12/9/2012 7:19:31 AM

 I love the original March of the Wooden Soldiers, with Laurel and Hardy.  Watched that growing up every year.

doublec 12/9/2012 10:17:29 AM

Great article!

 I'm something of  a collector of versions of A Christmas Carol and the '35 Scrooge has seriously grown on me over the years, particularly since the must-see full version is now available. Yes it's extremely primitive but Sir Seymour Hicks gives Alastair Sim a run for his money as all-time best Scrooge.  And NO ONE says "Bah, Humbug!" better than Hicks does!
Another somewhat forgotten holiday classic is The Bishop's Wife, with Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. It's the original version of the Whitney Houston vehicle The Preacher's Wife about an angel coming to help a cleric on his path and becoming attracted to his wife in the process. With a supporting cast including the above mentioned Monty Woolley, Elsa Lanchester and with Karolyn Grimes and Bobby Anderson from It's A Wonderful Life, the fim is a lot of fun, even if Young is somewhat miscast and nothing  in it quite lives up to the memorable opening sequence of Grant, the world's suavest angel, casually walking up and down a snowy holiday street performing random good deeds!

tjanson 12/9/2012 5:29:49 PM

Hey double...thanks.  I thought about including The Bishop's Wife but thought it was more well known than the others due to the remake you mentioned. 

almostunbiased 12/9/2012 5:41:58 PM

I haven't seen the lemon drop kid, or i was very young when i did, now i really want to, thanks for the list.

samurai1138 12/9/2012 7:56:14 PM

Its Christmas, I just keep watching Die Hard and Batman Returns.

Xajow 12/10/2012 2:30:47 PM

The Christmas movie everyone seems to forget is the original (1955) "We're No Angels" with Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov and Basil Rathbone. I am glad to see "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and "The Lemon Drop Kid" mentioned though. 

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