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For me, December is Christmas Movie Month. I collect the classics pretty exclusively, and I roll out the old Christmas movies (starring Bing Crosby, Barbara Stanwyck, etc.) every year starting in late November.

What are your favorites, and what have you seen so far?

Last night I saw Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh and really enjoyed it. My favorite line is when Janet Leigh's character announces her engagement to Carl and gets the response:


If you've seen the movie, you'll know why I am still laughing my head off over this one.

I'm saving Meet John Doe for Xmas Eve. Today I might put on a quirky holiday classic, Donovan's Reef, starring John Wayne.

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I haven't watched very many Christmas movies this year. My wife, Laurie, has seen about 30 of those Hallmark Christmas movies. I see bits and pieces of them through the day and most of them are variations on a theme and just too predictable for my tastes. 

As far as classic films we have watched White Christmas (1954) on Blu-ray. Warner did a fabulous job with the transfer. The colors are rich and vibrant and the sound is crisp and clean. We also watched It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947). Victor Moore is just fabulous in the film, as well as the rest of the great cast, and it is just one of those classic movies that make you feel good. And Laurie must watch Christmas in Connecticut (1945) every year. I love Stanwyck and the rest of the cast, but this is one film that bores me. I have probably just seen it too many times. I'm sure before Christmas we'll watch a few more classics if I can get her away from those silly Hallmark films. :)

I beg to differ on your opinion regarding a good portion of the Hallmark films.  We're hooked on them.

My favorite Christmas movies:

We're No Angels

The Bishop's Wife
Three Godfathers
If I may be so bold as to include some TV films, Christmas Eve with Loretta Young and The Max Trilogy with Peter Falk

To each his own as they say, Mickey! LOL

My favorites are "It's a Wonderful Life," (1946) "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and "White Christmas" (1954), but only for the musical numbers. Danny Kaye made Bing Crosby break up so much during the "Sisters" number, he completely messed up the lip sync, and it was left in the film that way. I also love the dancer John Brascia, who partners Vera-Ellen in "Mandy," "Choreography" and "Abraham." He wasn't a name, but boy, could he dance.

It's not considered a Christmas movie per se, but I love "Since You Went Away," whose emotional final scene takes place at Christmas time, and the 1933 "Little Women" with Katharine Hepburn.

White Christmas, because I am a big fan of Danny Kaye. Although my favorite scene is a song that has nothing to do with Christmas. His dance scene with Vera Ellen, “The Best Things Happen while your Dancing.”

A Charlie Brown Christmas, timeless in it simplicity and message. “Of all the Charlie Browns you are the Charlie Browniest!l

I heartily approve of the choices mentioned here, especially It Happened On Fifth Avenue (Charlie Ruggles and Ann Harding are also great in this), We're No Angels, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and The Bishop's Wife. I love the boys' choir scene in The Bishop's Wife, and the skating scene with James Gleason is also fun. I had totally forgotten about Since You Went Away, so thank you for mentioning it, Midge! I do consider it a Christmas movie. I have it in my collection, so I will be watching that in the next few days.

I have watched almost all the Christmas movies in my collection now. Getting down to the last few DVDs. Kevin, I'm with Laurie on Christmas in Connecticut; it seems I never get tired of it. On Christmas Eve we watched Meet John Doe, probably my favorite Capra film.


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