We love Christmas movies here at b&wm. Every December we get our box of festive dvds down from the loft and force anyone who wanders into our territory to watch them.
I have lost track of the number of times I have sat through Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But what of the old black and white classic Christmas movies? Everyone knows It’s A Wonderful Life, but surely there must have been others?
Well, I am pleased to be able to tell you that there are quite a few that are still worth watching today. Yes, they are mostly sentimental and corny, but come on, it’s Christmas!
An angel rescues a suicidal man, and shows him that his life has not been a waste after all.
A New York department store Santa causes controversy when he claims that he is in fact the real Father Christmas.
Perhaps not strictly a “Christmas movie” this classic comedy drama is set in the Christmas period. It is the story of an insurance clerk who, in an attempt to further his career, loans out his apartment to his seedy superiors, who use it to conduct extra-marital affairs.
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire vie for the affections of the lovely Marjorie Reynolds at a hotel that only opens in the holidays. The film introduced the song White Christmas.
Elizabeth Lane is one of the country’s most famous food journalists. She describes herself in her columns as a hard working cook, mother, and farmer, but in truth she is an umarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg. When her employer decides that a half-starved shipwr
eck survivor will spend Christmas with her, it seems her secret is about to come out.
A young woman is caught shoplifting just before Christmas. Feeling sorry for her, the prosecutor arranges for her bail, and takes her home to his mother for the holiday.
A recently widowed country vicar hosts a family reunion at Christmas, but he is unaware that his loved ones all have problems they are keeping from him.
Con-man Sidney Melbourne (Bob Hope) has to come up with $10,000 over the Christmas period to repay an angry gangster, or he “won’t make it to New Year’s.” This is the movie that gave us the song Silver Bells for the first time.
Cary Grant plays an angel who comes to give guidance to a Bishop, but seems to be more interested in the bishop’s wife.