Before I start, allow me to invite you to download, ABSOLUTELY FREE, this collection of winter holiday stories, including my own “The Pratty Who Saved Christmuss,” a Holly Jahangiri story.
In no particular order:
Mom and I just watched this for the first time last year, and we loved it. Bill Murray, when he doesn’t go over the top, is superb. And I adore Carol Kane, so this was a treat, indeed.
Even though it’s a John Wayne movie and I’m not madly keen about John Wayne, and it ends with what was, in those days, considered the oh-so-funny spectacle of a man turning a woman over his knee and spanking her, this stupid movie is a sort of tradition with Mom and me. Lee Marvin is at his drunken best, and Dorothy Lamour is as beautiful as always. And two more words: Cesar Romero.
I know the play was “better” but I love this sugary movie. It makes me happy. Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray star, with Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll, BASIL FREAKING RATHBONE. Also: a deadly viper. Christmas fun!
One hour hits the high points, with time for some pretty durn good songs. Magoo is Scrooge, of course.
I detest Miss Piggy, unless she’s taking a swing at somebody I like less, but this is a fun movie, nevertheless. Gonzo as Charles Dickens leads us, along with Rizzo the Rat, through the story. Again, some pretty durn good songs, and Michael Caine astounds by getting teary-eyed over the possible hard fate of a felt frog puppet.
Meanwhile, I’m posting a recipe for Anna Bickel’s Grandmother’s Cranberry Salad at Fatal Foodies today.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have a happy winter festival of whatever flavor! HUGS!