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  •  Scrooge (British, 1951, Alastair Sim): Best EVER. (9+ / 0-)

    I also very much enjoy The Bishop's Wife (1947), with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Gladys Cooper, and Monty Woolley.  Niven plays an Episcopalian bishop, having a spiritual crisis shortly before Christmas because he thinks he has to compromise on what he sees as his Church's mission to please a wealthy donor (Cooper).  Loretta Young is Niven's wife, and Grant plays an angel sent to help guide Niven in his fateful decision.  Young falls in love with Grant . . .

    This makes it all sound more downbeat than it really is.  It's actually a fairly bubbly (and in my opinion entirely delightful) comedy, with a happy Christmas-Day ending for everybody.

    Two other classics with amusing Christmas sequences, though not "Christmas movies" per se, are The Thin Man and The Man Who Came To Dinner.

    "Americans are a wonderful people: They will always do the right thing--after exhausting every other possible alternative."--Winston Churchill

    by keikekaze on Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 10:02:32 PM PST

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