Saturday, November 28, 2009

Have Yourself A Merry Little White Christmas with George Bailey

OK, here they are. I don't need to introduce the stars of the season.

Heidi (1937) B&W - Starring Shriley Temple.
88 min.
(from Netflix) When 8-year-old Heidi is orphaned, her mean Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her even meaner grandfather, Adolph. Heidi's eternal charm soon warms her grandfather's heart, and the two become great friends. But when Aunt Dete returns and steals Heidi, Adolph sets out on a quest to find the girl and bring her home in this sweet classic from Hollywood's golden age. Another one of those movies that aren't directley related to Christmas, but a much watch during the season. Don't bother with any version but this one.

Holiday Inn (1942) B&W Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire
101 min.
(from Netflix) Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy, retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal for a singer-dancer's affection.

Going My Way (1944) B&W - Starring Bing Crosby
130 min.
(from Netflix) This classic musical drama that tells the tale of singing Father O'Malley, sent to take over the aging and cantankerous Father Fitzgibbon's parish.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Color - Starring Judy Garland
113 min.
(from Netflix) Director Vincente Minnelli's masterpiece of Americana about the trials and tribulations of the St. Louis-dwelling Smith clan is one of the greatest American film musicals ever lensed. Judy Garland stars as Esther Smith, who just can't ignore the "boy next door". Leon Ames is papa Smith, and young Margaret O'Brien is unforgettable as the rambunctious Tootie. Songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song."

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) B&W - Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
132 min.
Like I even need to put a synopsis for you here. C'mon, if you've never seen this, crawl out from under your rock and go to your nearest Library or Video rental store and watch it already. ZuZu's Petals are waiting!!

The Bishops Wife (1947) B&W - Starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young
103 min.
(from Netflix) This Christmastime angelic intervention sparkles with good humor. Dudley the angel is sent to help a bishop and his wife survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral and the strain it's putting on their marriage. The Bishop's Wife includes complex undercurrents, especially when the bishop sees Dudley as a rival for his job and his wife.

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) B&W - Starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman
126 min.
(from Netflix) Reprising his role as good-natured Father O'Malley, Bing Crosby stars in this delightful, Oscar-nominated film. The priest gets sent to help the financially struggling St. Mary's Academy, presided over by Sister Benedict. O'Malley finds his leadership style at odds with the nun's as the two bicker politely but work together to save the school and teach the children. Fine songs and appealing characters make this film a treat.Best if you watch "Going My Way" first.

White Christmas (1954) Color-Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney
120 min.
(from Netflix) War buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters. The boys follow the girls to a resort, which is owned by their former commanding officer, and he's in danger of losing the place. What better reason to stage a show than to keep the resort out of hock?


itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Awww, I love Heidi!! One of my favorites.

Carolyn said...

Zuzu's petals! Great post, it's hard to believe some people still haven't seen that movie. I'm always looking for people writing on the movie and George Bailey. I actually wrote a song called George Bailey, would love for you to take a listen via my website below or watch the video on You Tube. Happy holidays!!

Carolyn Sills