Top 40 Christmas Movies (Part 1 of 4)

Well, with everybody else getting in on it this time of year, I guess that’s my cue to put out a list of some of what I consider the “best” Christmas movies.  I will be doing this over several posts, with about 10 movies per post.  I am NOT ranking them, just putting them together in whatever order, whether it be the various musicals listed together, or war films, or whatever, just as long as the list is 10 movies long.  I know the blog has been covering films from the silent era up through the sixties, but, for a list of Christmas movies, there are some that are more recent that I, personally, just HAVE to include (somebody has to)!  And if you click on the movie titles, you will be taken to that movie on Amazon.  So, here we are with part one:

  • Going My Way (1944)
    • In this Oscar winner, we find Bing Crosby playing Father O’Malley, sent to help a failing church, led by Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), all the while helping out the community as well.  Includes Bing singing “Silent Night,” and a heartwarming ending set *around* Christmastime (as best I can guess).
  • The Bells Of St. Mary’s (1945)
    • In this Oscar-nominated follow-up to Going My Way, we find Bing Crosby again playing Father O’Malley, this time as the pastor for a parochial school.  While he disagrees with Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) on how to run the school, they still come together when it comes to being there for their students!  Includes Bing singing “Adeste Fideles” with some of the kids, as well as an “improvised” telling of the birth of the Christ child by a group of first-graders.
  • White Christmas (1954)
    • Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen star in this musical about a pair of Army buddies and their girlfriends who help out a former general and his failing inn.  Includes the classic song “White Christmas,” along with “Snow,” and everything leading up to a Christmas miracle, for the general!
  • Holiday Inn (1942)
    • Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in this classic movie on an inn that is only open during holidays.  While it covers a number of holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, and the Fourth of July, it is best remembered for its Christmas sections, which introduced Irving Berlin’s most famous tune, the classic “White Christmas!”
  • The Daughter Of Rosie O’Grady (1950)
    • A story about the three daughters of an old vaudevillian, whose middle daughter wants to be on the stage, much like her father and her late mother were.  While it has no Christmas music (except in the background), the last twenty minutes take place around Christmastime, and we get the song “Winter Serenade,” on a stage with everyone “dressed” for winter!
  • Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
    • In this movie, we follow the adventures of a family, as the father is offered a job elsewhere, all the while everyone is looking forward to the upcoming World’s Fair!  Includes a section set around Christmastime, that gives us Judy singing the iconic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!”
  • The Shop Around The Corner (1940)
    • Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart star in this movie set in Budapest about two pen pals falling in love with each other, all the while not knowing that they are working in the same store (and don’t get along)!  The movie ends around Christmastime, where both characters realize who they have been writing to!
  • In The Good Old Summertime (1949)
    • Judy Garland and Van Johnson star in this musical remake of The Shop Around The Corner, again featuring two co-workers who are pen pals and falling for each other (but don’t know who they are writing to).  Once again, the story ends around Christmas, and we get Judy Garland singing the song “Merry Christmas!”
  • March Of The Wooden Soldiers (1934)
    • In this version of “Babes In Toyland,” we find Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel as apprentice toymakers, who must help Bo Peep and Tom-Tom to fight off Barnaby as he tries to marry Bo Peep himself!  Santa makes a brief appearance, and the toy soldiers fight the villains at the end to the tune of “March Of The Toys!”
  • Babes In Toyland (1961)  
    • In Walt Disney’s version of the classic tale, we find Tom Piper and Mary Contrary planning to marry, although not if Barnaby has anything to say about it!  While it doesn’t take place at Christmastime, the Toymaker certainly alludes to needing to make a deadline to have the toys all ready in time for the holiday (not to mention the use of “March Of The Toys” for the fight near the end)!  Fun movie to alternate viewing every year with March Of The Wooden Soldiers!

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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