Thank you. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 27, 2010: Thanks, Lauren. 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. 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! 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. $75.00. The story centers on the ghosts of three old men who are determined to help two young people they befriended one Christmas Eve. Meet me In St Louis airs often throughout the year on TCM and every Christmas season more than once. Santa must stop Satan from ruining Christmas. I see some of these movies on television, too, from time to time. Thank you for the comment! 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. A song from this 1940s film, "That’s What Christmas Means to Me,” became a 1950s hit for Eddie Fisher. Soon, a series of unfortunate events occur that threatens to ruin the young man's future and send both lovers to jail. Santa's Workshop; The Night Before Christmas (Disney) A Christmas Carol (1938) The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives; Babes in Toyland (1934) The Captain's Christmas; All aboard! Star in the Night is wonderful too and actually available on DVD as an extra on Christmas in Connecticut. 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. @C.J. If you are interested, just let me know and I'll provide you with 3 hours of enchantment. Votes: 129,094 | Gross: $20.61M Aug 18, 2019 - Explore Santas Working Overtime's board "Christmas Movies - 1930's /1940's", followed by 1050 people on Pinterest. After you've finished all of those, we suggest picking up a Christmas book to read. Nicolas Cage stars as an ambitious workaholic who gets a magical chance to spend the holidays as a family man. ...another classic: The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant,David Niven and Loretta Young. 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. or Best Offer. Also starring Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll & Joan Bennett. And I also love Holiday Affair. Christopher Plummer plays opposite Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music" which is also an uplifting, inspirational holiday movie. 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. But it is… Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz. Thank you for your comments. Free Shipping by Amazon. This sweet, sentimental movie begs rediscovery by modern audiences. This year, start a new movie tradition with a "forgotten" holiday classic from the 1940s. You can't have Christmas without celebrating Halloween first, but Jack Skellington wants the best of both worlds. I absolutely love Remember the Night and Holiday Affair (big fan of Fred MacMurray and Robert Mitchum. Rankin/Bass Productions' stop-motion short films hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who grew up watching them. Harry Carey, Charles Winninger and C. Aubrey Smith play the trio of matchmaking ghosts. I saw a black and white film many years ago which I believe was a Christmas-themed movie that had such a character but, for the life of me, I've never been able to find it again. Thank you for mentioning it here. There's a great one from the mid 1950s with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov & Aldo Ray: We're No Angels (1955). I’ll Be Seeing You is a tender-hearted wartime drama starring Joseph Cotten, Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple. 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. As they struggle to overcome their problems and keep their marriage together, they wonder if the relationship is worth saving. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Are you ready to start a new tradition this year? It was director Don Siegal’s debut film, and it won an Oscar for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). Department. When two women swap homes for the holidays, neither expects to fall in love or get a life-long friendship out of the deal. These are some great movies, aren't they? This hub showcases eight lesser-known Christmas movies of the era. Well worth viewing, it's an excellent film - my most favorite of al the Christmas movies. It wouldn't be Christmas without Jack Frost and Heat Miser trying to ruin it! but cannot find a dvd. I watched “Star in the Night” on YouTube last weekend, but I’d love to add it to my DVD collection. A selfish TV executive becomes a modern-day Scrooge when he is haunted by three lesson-bearing spirits on Christmas Eve. 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… We put together this Best 50 Movies of the 1940s list to provide a suggestion of required viewing material for anyone who aspires to cultural literacy. I had such fun putting it together. ... came to Stockton with her family in the 1940s… I've only seen one of the movies on your list, Penny Serenade. I pull it out in June sometimes. And I'm eager to watch these and other Christmas classics again soon. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on September 27, 2011: Thank you, Mickey Sr. This delightful short showcases all of your favorite characters as they unite to celebrate the Christmas season. That is the best 1940s Christmas CD conceivable and is one of my overall favorite disks. Christmas was a moving festival. Merry Christmas! Reading your description and the IMDb storyline, it sounds like a delightful film. It is very hard to locate for rent or for purchase. While not a Christmas movie per se, it contains a 15-minute holiday scene that will break your heart--as does the entire movie with its double twist ending. It’s highlighted on my other Christmas movie hub (see the “beloved holiday staples” link above). Where's Jimmy Durante's "The Great Rupert"? Their mutual loneliness blossoms into a sweet romance. I just checked, and they have two copies (new and used) available on DVD. I've seen most of these, but I don't believe I've ever seen 'Beyond Christmas.' Prepare to laugh out loud during the bathroom scene! 1" (2011) It's found on special feature in "Christmas in Connecticut". If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks. Enjoy the holidays! Nothing warms a winter day like a mug of hot chocolate and a wonderful old movie. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on November 13, 2011: Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on November 07, 2011: Hello, gryphin423. It's featured in another Hub article, "The Best Classic Christmas Movies Ever: A Baker's Dozen." Great list. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 25, 2010: @Nonymouse, I included "A Christmas Wish" in another hub, "The Best Classic Christmas Movies Ever--A Baker's Dozen" (see link above). @Scott MacDonough, thank you for the encouragement. Have yourself a vintage little Christmas. Others may be found at a movie rental store or your public library. Merry Christmas! another great movie is "Tenth Avenue Angel" with Margaret O'Brien, "Star in the Night" can be found on Amazon. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 17, 2017: Some of these are featured in my hub called “Classic Christmas Films: A Baker’s Dozen.” But I’ll be sure to check out the others 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. 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. "Miracle of the Bells" - Fred MacMurray, Lee J. Cobb, Alida Valli and Frank Sinatra as a - get this - Polish priest. Beyond Tomorrow (film) One of my favorites, in fact. When he is released from a mental hospital for the Christmas holidays, he meets a female convict on furlough from prison to visit her family. The live-action version of The Grinch will earn lots of laughs this holiday season—and make your heart grow three sizes. Thank you so much for your recommendation! See more ideas about vintage christmas, christmas, christmas past. But there's something special about tuning in while the snow is falling outside, or while you're wrapping up all the great Christmas gifts you bought for loved ones. Beyond Tomorrow is a real holiday gem. Don't miss it! i must admit that I hadn't heard of Beyond Christmas. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on August 29, 2020: You can find a DVD on Ebay for around $15.00 and up. The story takes place in a little retail shop in Budapest, Hungary. It's a great way to finish off a day full of cheer! 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. The movie is set in New York City -- specifically Fifth Avenue, "the richest avenue in the world.". Watch the Best Disney Christmas Movies Right Now, All the Best Christmas Movies on Netflix Right Now, 20 Western Movies for an Action-Packed Night In. Through a series of flashbacks, the woman recounts her tragic story of marriage to a murderous Creole scoundrel. I picked one up at Walmart two years ago for $5.00 but it is available elsewhere and on Amazon. To locate a copy for your personal collection, visit the big entertainment retailers for online or in-store purchases. Are you looking for a Christmas movie to watch during the holidays? Thanks for the suggestion! See more ideas about christmas movies, mary astor, movies. Thanks for your comment! I included this film in another hub: "Best Classic Christmas Movies Ever: A Baker's Dozen.". Penny Serenade is available for viewing on the Internet Archive. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 30, 2010: Terry C, thanks for mentioning this one. By DeAnna Janes. It's hard to believe this feel-good film was released nearly twenty years ago, but we'll never get tired of watching Buddy the Elf's journey to find his dad. Follow the adventures of a retired detective whose wife persuades him to interrupt his holiday in Manhattan and investigate a murder, all while drinking plenty of martinis. Thank you so much for sharing these, some I had never hear of before ;-). It's a great way to finish off a day full of cheer! TCM has also aired Beyond Christmas a number of times. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on November 14, 2011: Thank you, Maren Morgan M-T. Glad you enjoyed the hub! My favorite has always been "Come to the Stable" (1949) with Loretta Young and Celeste Holm. Two talented performers team up with a pair of sisters to perform a show in rural Vermont, and somehow become one of the biggest acts around. Meet Me in St. louis seems to air all the time where I live and I had heard of it before I saw it. I have seen It Happened On Fifth Avenue and Holiday Affair on TCM too, but I don't watch them every year. An opportunistic drifter and his friends take up residence in a New York mansion while the wealthy owner is away for Christmas. (November 30, 2010) [Various film titles]. 1940s > Christmas specials, episodes, and movies released between 1930 and 1939. One forgotten gem is The Cheaters (1945). 03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011 At this late date, one must prioritize one's Christmas movies. Thanks for your input. A teenager and his younger sister only have one wish this Christmas: They want their divorced parents to get back together. During the holiday break, the woman and the attorney fall in love. This 1934 crime comedy is a Christmas movie unlike any other. The popular Christmas movies are fun, but I love the rare old gems! This list may not reflect recent changes . The music evokes numerous memories for the wife, as she prepares to leave her husband and their marriage. 16 watching. I'll have to think about this one and get back with you. A Macy's holiday worker who claims his name is Kris Kringle brings Christmas spirit to everyone he meets. This Christmas rom-com from the 1940s tells the story of a young widow (Janet Leigh) who is torn between two very different men. Another excellent Christmas movie is 1945's "The Cheaters". It's is nice to see a list of Christmas movies that are not the typical fare. This year, watch one of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime — for free! You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, Best Gifts for Husbands, No Matter His Style, How to Wrap an Oddly Shaped Christmas Gift, The Cutest Christmas Pajamas for Women to Wear, 30 of the Most Special Gifts for Stepdads, Gifts for Dad That He'd Never Think to Buy Himself, The Most Popular Christmas Movies in Every State, Decorate a Gingerbread House Kit Before Christmas, These Romantic Christmas Movies Are So Fun, 50 Gifts for Sisters That They'll Truly Cherish, 40 Gifts That Every Cat Lover Will Find Purr-fect. Sunday before was a little party at parental grandmothers, Eve was gathering of extended family ,dinner party, singing and presents, Christmas Day , to downstairs,(English speaking), party , then to back apt (we were 2nd floor front) then upstairs and then windup with cold cuts and libations in our apt. :). Four Must-See Christmas Movies of the 1940s. Both lovers long for a normal life together, but they wonder if that is possible once their secrets are known. It's true that you can watch them regardless of the season (hey, Christmas in July is a thing!). A few days ago, Marja submitted the following comment asking for different holiday movies suggestions. These special months are all about spending time with family, eating way too many cookies, and getting cozy on the couch. We recommend watching it in black and white to get the full experience. Die Hard is an action film that is securely set into the Christmas movie list — and if Die Hard counts as a Christmas movie… Young Kevin McAllister's (Macaulay Culkin) expression after slapping on aftershave is so iconic, it has become synonymous with Christmas itself. Great post! Maybe you've watched all of the popular Christmas movies. Merry Christmas, and enjoy the shows! After you've finished all of those, we suggest picking up a Christmas book to read. You're welcome, defeblearia. ;). Join a desperate dad on his out-of-control mission to find his son the perfect Christmas gift. The story centers on a young married couple whose hopes and dreams shatter into unexpected pain and sadness. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 20, 2010: @Lauren, thanks for reading my hub and sharing your personal recommendations. Adult Christmas Movies. 'Meet Me in St Louis' Christmas wouldn't be complete without a bit of Judy Garland. ' This John Hughes classic proves itself to be a must-watch year after year. But then he unexpectedly raises the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa? Thank you for reading my hub, and for sharing a couple of your favorite titles, too. 0–9. Disney's animated remake of A Christmas Carol, lead by Jim Carrey, is one of the most magical versions of the film ever seen. But, as Sturges summarized, “love reformed her and corrupted him.”. Terrific film remade limply for Denzel Washington. @Woody Marx, I'm with you! The story follows a kindhearted soldier who suffers from shell shock and battle fatigue. These trees are seen by all on black and white movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” , “Christmas in Connecticut” , etc. There are countless adaptations of Charles Dickens's celebrated Christmas story, but this black-and-white version from 1941 is among the best. Every item on this page was chosen by The Pioneer Woman team. Our top picks (including classic and modern options) are available on Prime. My family and I will have to check on this one, too. I can't wait to view them myself! )And of course Penny Serenade with Cary Grant. When a war veteran discovers her plight, he offers to buy the toy. Whatever a movie buff's favorite genre the rest of the year - come the holiday season, the Christmas movie rules. This beloved animated movie is meant for kids, but it will also remind adults of the magic of Christmas. $14.90 shipping. @darkstar, I enjoy watching Barbara Stanwyck's movies, including "Christmas in Connecticut." With Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh. Annette Smith (author) from Ocala, Florida on December 10, 2017: That’s great, Kay! nobody ever remembers Curse of the Cat People. I’ll check it out this weekend. After years of searching, I finally was able to purchase both movies on VHS and the quality of each one is pristine. Loosely based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, the 1944 movie stars Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. Dec 16, 2019 Courtesy. The 1940 black-and-white film was later released as a colorized version called Beyond Christmas. gryphin423 from Florida on November 07, 2011: Finally a list that has Meet Me in St Louis on it! Do you remember seeing the wide tree with its outstretched arms, the screw in lights, and all the tinsel? Do any of these films feature a character who is an uncle to the female protagonist that is a die-hard Alabama football fan? Like Christmas Holiday, Star in the Night is another obscure film that is very hard to locate. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. It Happened on Fifth Avenue is a 1947 Christmas comedy starring Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore and Gale Storm. Marsha H from My Retro Kitchen in NY on September 18, 2011: What a fabulous list of movies! Star in the Night (short film) - can be found on U-Tube - which is free. I haven't seen "The Cheaters," but it's now on my holiday movie list! And I’ve put “Tenth Avenue Angel” on my list of movies to watch this holiday season. “Christmas Holiday” is available for free on YouTube! Everyone can relate to the hilarious moment Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) said "fudge" while helping his father on a Christmas outing.