4. Remember the Night - This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. It stars Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Stanwyck plays a shoplifter and MacMurray the prosecutor who is trying to convict her. Her trial is held over the holidays, so MacMurray takes pity on her and pays her bail. Eventually, she ends up spending Christmas with him at his mother's house in Indiana, and those scenes are the epitome of an American Christmas of 1940. Of course, in the midst of all this coziness, the two fall in love. Beulah Bondi plays MacMurray's mother, and Elizabeth Patterson turns in my favorite performance as MacMurray's aunt. This is a romantic drama with plenty of humor. If you haven't seen it, put this on your list!
5. Scrooge (1951) - British b/w drama- Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, Michael Hordern, Mervyn Johns, George Cole.
The great morality tale, set in Victorian London, adapted from the novel, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It's shining star, Alastair Sim, quite magnificently as the dour miserly businessman, Ebenezer Scrooge.
The man experiences a revelation in his life that makes him see the error of his ways that leads to repentance.
Congruously errie, atmospherically haunting, together with pathos and strong characterization the film really does evoke the ambience of the novel.
Nice pics, John. This is the version I have. What is plum-duff?
6. I'll Be Seeing You - Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten star in this sweet romance set at Christmastime. The characters each have a secret they don't want to share, which nearly ruins their budding romance. Great family Christmas scenes and a New Year's Eve dance make this a feel-good selection for the holidays. Spring Byington and Shirley Temple turn in supporting performances as family members.
I couldn't believe this was on YouTube!
We didn't get very far with our Christmas movies, but New Year's is now past.
Happy 2018, everyone!
I think we should start on the next category, which was suggested by John: movies featuring mind control or psychological manipulation. I will start with the movie that gave name to a classic manipulative technique:
1. Gaslight. The title originally referred to the fluctuations of the gaslight flames in the house, which were affected by other lights being turned on and off. This was one of the clues to what was really going on, but Ingrid Bergman's husband always had other interpretations of what she experienced, chiefly that she was imagining things. This abusive syndrome is now known as "gaslighting."
Is this a hard category?
I think so. Can't think of any in this category... Oh actually just thought of one....
(1934) Edward G Robinson, Mary Astor, Louis Calhern, Mae Clarke, Ricardo Cortez
Jessica Wells (Astor) is a beautiful and talented actress, returning to the stage after a three-year absence. Although her triumphal return seems certain, family and friends are shocked when Vance (Calhern), her long-lost husband with a criminal past, shows up at the family home. He immediately exerts his influence on the vivacious Jessica, and she becomes a sleepwalking automaton blindly obeying orders.
The avaricious and opportunistic Vance (who appears carrying pet mice in a cage) has heard that his wife holds half the rights to the play in which she will be featured, a prospective hit, but a certain disaster in her somnambulist state.
Stage star Damon Wells (Robinson) lends theatrical prestige to his sister's comeback while helping to reclaim her talent as her acting coach. He and Jessica's manager (Cortez) realize that the verminous Vance must be dealt with at once, so Damon begins an elaborate ruse, presenting himself to the schemer as the bearded French theatrical producer Jules Chautard. - excerpt from Wikipedia