George Christy Talks About Holiday Movies, Bruce Willis, Bing Crosby, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and more!
Ho, Ho, Ho. And a jolly merry …
Holiday movies are where it’s at during this season of joy and goodwill.
Sprinkled throughout the storyline choices are snatches that warm the heart and are worth remembering.
Frank Capra’s 1946 timeless, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Donna Reed and James Stewart, comforts us with the wisdom that “no man is a failure who has friends.” Claims the grandfatherly character Clarence, played by the kindly Henry Tavers.
Jimmy Stewart’s performance “glides from teenage swagger to adult despair with discomforting ease, personifying everything hopeful and dreary about the holiday season,” noted critic Dan Jacobson. “He’s the joy of the Christmas morning and the gloominess that inevitably arrives at the end of the day.
“With snow in his hair, bells ringing in his ears, and a gleam in his eye, he’s Christmas incarnated.”
The 1988 Die Hard has been voted the Number One Christmas movie by British journalists, also considered the Christmas film of all time by Mark Hughes of Forbes Magazine.
One of the most popular action thrillers in cinema history, Die Hard was nominated for four Oscars.
NYPD officer, John McCane (Bruce Willis), is a hero trapped in a Los Angeles hi-rise under siege by terrorists during the Christmas season. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman put a new face on Christmas story.
The 1954 musical, White Christmas, the romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, highlights the Irving Berlin’s immortal White Christmas. Initially included in the score for the 1942 Holiday Inn, and yet, somehow, the song never caught the fancy of the international world at large. Ultimately voted Number Five among the most popular cinema songs by the American Film Institute.
Surfacing every holiday season for weeks, like a perennial Christmas carol.
The world’s best-selling single of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Bing Crosby’s rendition in the film is the classic, inspiring dozens of famous song stylists with their own unique interpretations.
Among the Who and the Who: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, The Supremes, Lady Gaga, The Drifters, Bette Midler, and Otis Redding. With newcomer vocalists continuing to carry the torch.
Annually capturing the holiday spirit: John Hughes’ charming Home Alone, starring the 10-year-old Macaulay Culkin in a breakthrough performance.
Cary Grant appears as an angel in the 1947 The Bishop’s Wife. Co-starring Loretta Young and David Niven in delightful roles.
May these five holiday flicks enhance your Yuletide mood.
Ho, ho, ho. And a jolly merry …