It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Old Hollywood films. The glitz, the glamour, the talent… they are so much better than modern films in pretty much every way. And if it’s a musical? Even better. So since I did my Favourite Christmas Films last year, I thought I would do a list of my five favourite Old-Hollywood Christmas films this year.
1. White Christmas
This is one of my all-time favourite movies, Christmas or not. Starring the amazing Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, it features one of my favourite Christmas songs, White Christmas. Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join a sister act in Vermont, where they discover the inn the girls are supposed to be performing at is run by their former army general. It involves lots of great singing and dancing.
2. Holiday Inn
Another Bing Crosby film, this time featuring the amazing Fred Astaire. Crosby plays a heartbroken singer who quits show business in order to run an inn that opens on the different holidays. Yet again this song features the song White Christmas (it actually featured in this film before White Christmas) along with a lot of other great musical numbers.
3. Miracle on 34th Street
I’m sure a lot of you have watched the 1994 version, but how many of you have watched the original 1947 version? It features Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara and, in my opinion, is far superior (even though I do love the remake). This film actually even features Macy’s, and has a much more plausible ending.
4. Meet Me in St. Louis
Some might argue that this isn’t a Christmas film, but if Die Hard can be classed as one, they Meet Me in St. Louis most certainly can. It revolves around the Smith family in the year leading up to the 1904 World Fair. It features the immensely talented Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien. Highlight of the film… the ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ scene.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life
One of the most popular Christmas films, there’s probably no point me even explaining the storyline. James Stewart plays George Bailey who, after a few bad events, wishes he had never been born. Angel Clarence is tasked with showing Bailey exactly how much of an impact he has had on those around him, and why the world needs him.
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