Merry Christmas to all,
I cannot believe I almost forgot about this film! This is a fantastic film to watch with your loved one(s) over the holiday season. Upon its release it exposed audiences to the warmth and effervescence of Sandra Bullock. We are aware she is playing a role, but we really connect with her on a personal level.
Do not be fooled by the poster, there is nothing leery about Holiday Affair. But it is a cute film centered around a love triangle with a little boy and a train set for good measure.
What strikes many people is the fact that it stars Robert Mitchum (yeah really) and Janet Leigh; it was very early in her career and over 10 years prior to her ill-fated turn as Marion Crane in Psycho. Not a box office success when it was first released in 1949, this film is not generally ranked among a Christmas classic, but it definitely is worth a look-see. It has since been rediscovered as a cinematic gem from a time long gone. What also probably aids its modern successes is the presence of Leigh and Mitchum, now household names in the world of Classic Hollywood.
You will be happy that you did.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945) – this is the second Barbara Stanwyck holiday selection of mine. What else can I say, it is a cute romantic romp!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol; personally I prefer this version of the Charles Dickens tale above all other ones. From what I recall of the source material this film stays very true to the source material. And its running time (approximately 80 minutes) is in accordance with the length of the source material (it’s a novella).
This is the first of a couple of films starring Barbara Stanwyck. Remember The Night (1940) is a relatively recent discovery of mine and am I glad I landed upon it. It is a nuts and bolts straightforward set round the holiday. Stanywck is a thief whose trial is being held over until after the holiday recess. The plot contrives that she somehow has to go on a road trip with Fred MacMurray, a city prosecutor. The plot contrivance is alright because it is a lovely way to spend a cold December night.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) has it all – the cute, precocious kid (Natalie Wood), a fantastic Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) that makes you want to believe, and an awesome story to boot. There have been remakes of course – including television productions in 1955 and 1979 and a 1994 feature film but nothing beats the original.
From the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Commentary to follow.
I admit I have a soft spot in my heart for British Romantic comedies … Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Starter for Ten, Four Weddings and a Funeral and my third selection for my Christmas Pix blogs, Love Actually.
It is a fun film to watch – not necessarily the best film ever made but the interesting stories and characters make it a worthwhile watch for the holiday season!