“What should TMP watch for the holidays?” and other burning questions

Today on TMP, we take a break from our regularly schedule programming for me to ask you a question… again. (And I lied in the title. There is only one question!)

Last month, TMP celebrated Halloween with Horror Half-Week. I really enjoyed writing that series and I’d like to do something similar featuring films set in winter/set during the holidays on Fridays in December. I’m looking specifically for films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. (The 1960s have already been snatched up by a “Favorite Things About…” post.)

Leave your recommendations below, and let me know where I can find the film if possible. (I have access to Amazon instant video, Netflix, archive.org/YouTube of course, a library with a pretty awesome DVD collection and TCM.)

As always, thanks for your input!

-Lindsey

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9 thoughts on ““What should TMP watch for the holidays?” and other burning questions

  1. One of my favorite lesser-known Christmas-themed films would have to be ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, a very funny and fast-paced comedy starring Bette Davis, in somewhat of a change-of-pace role. The film also introduced me to Ann Sheridan, now one of my favorite classic actresses. The romance between Davis and Richard Travis is very sweet and has a warm holiday feel to it, and makes the film perfect for a viewing on a snowy Christmas Eve. I know it’s out on DVD, so Netflix should have it to rent or stream.

    Another one that has Christmas as a backdrop is ‘We’re No Angels’, a 1955 comedy starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray, and directed by Michael Curtiz. I haven’t seen it in ages, but I remember it being quite fun. Available on Amazon Instant.

    Can’t wait to see which Christmas films you choose to watch!

    • I’ll definitely be tracking those two down. If I can’t get them in time for the holiday film series I’ll still be watching them for my Stanwyck filmography project. :) Thanks for the suggestions!

      • Why am I not surprised? BTW the link is no longer working. Sorry about that! This has nothing to do with the holidays (as far as I can remember) but have you seen The Barbarian with Myrna Loy? I was so disappointed that I missed it on TCM some months back.

        • That’s alright, I think my library has a copy. I’ll be heading up there tomorrow to return a few DVDs, so I’ll check if they’ve got it in. :) I also missed The Barbarian last time it was on TCM, but I plan on working on Myrna’s filmography once I get done with (or hit an availability wall with) Stanwyck, so it’s on my “to watch” list!

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