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December 21, 2016


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh I love Christmas in Connecticut! It is so great! But I never understood The Bishop's Wife, you know? It always seems like it was destined to be too sad.

How about Love, Actually?

And of course, I so agree about Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn!

Laura DiSilverio

I've never seen Christmas in Connecticut, but I'm going to find it. Sounds charming. We watch some version of A Christmas Carol every year on Christmas Eve. My fave recent Christmas movie is Arthur's Christmas. It's animated (Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent), but funny, heart-warming, and it always makes me tear up at least twice.

Dean James

Hank, I don't think of The Bishop's Wife as sad. Ultimately it's happy because David Niven realizes what is really important, and other characters gain happiness and self-understanding thanks to the angel. Gladys Cooper's heart is unfrozen, Monty Woolley regains confidence in himself, and James Gleason experiences the joys of childhood once again.

Art Taylor

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen The Bishop's Wife! It's one that's long been on my list of need-to-see films.... Maybe I'll remedy that this holiday season. Happy holidays to you!

Marcia Talley

Oh, Monty Woolley!!! Thanks for the memories, Dean.

Elaine Viets

So many movies, Dean. You've skimmed the cream.


I agree that these are great movies! I place Christmas in Connecticut first on my list though. I'd also add Holiday Inn. Merry Christmas everyone!


I haven't seen any of your favorites. *Hangs head in shame*.

My favorite version of A Christmas Carol is the 1984 one starring George C. Scott. My family watched it every year on TV, starting with when it first aired in 1984. A close second is the Muppet version. Yes, they throw in plenty of silly jokes, which I love, but they keep the true heart of the story. It's just as powerful as any other version out there. I always watch one or the other. This year, it looks like it will be the Muppet version tonight.

I also love The Santa Clause. Lots of great fun there.

Then there are my can't miss TV specials - A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In fact, I watched them both last night while finishing up my wrapping.


I'd go for The Muppets' Christmas Carol (my favourite version) but otherwise I am with you. I just bought The Bishop's Wife to watch this year for the first time.

Dean James

So many good ones, so many great choices! I've seen "Holiday Inn" and enjoyed it, as well as "White Christmas." And in childhood and adolescence, of course, the animated stories of Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, etc. Love the Muppets, too.

Dean James

Oy... in that second paragraph in the blog, "wonderful characters" should be "wonderful character actors."

Coco Ihle

Thanks for the memories, Dean. Terrific post! My all time favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop's Wife, too. For years, I'd watch it on TV as one of the movies shown. Then, as the years went by, it was being shown fewer and fewer times. Now, the TV schedule doesn't show it at all where I live. So, several years ago, I bought the DVD to make sure I will be able to see it each and every year! To me, it is one of the most inspirational movies I've ever seen, more so than It's a Wonderful Life. My other favorite is the Muppet's Christmas Carol.

Rosemary Scalessa

It's a wonderful life is one that is a classic Christmas movie.

Anne Murphy

Thanks for reminding us about the Christmas sequence in Meet Me in St. Louis. Judy Garland songs the correct third verse of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". I cannot abide the stupid "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough" lyric!

Sally Schmidt

Marvelous list, all 4 favorites of mine, with The Bishop's Wife at the top of the list, too. I have watched each of them several times this season. I would add The Man Who Came to Dinner with Bette Davis and Monty Woolley and a very funny Ann Sheridan (and those terrific buttons/clasps on her dress - little hands!), and Remember the Night with Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, and Beulah Bondi. A real tear-jerker. And of course there are Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas, which it seems I can watch any time of year in an endless loop.

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