CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2024-DAY 8

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AnnieClaus

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Happy Christmas in July to all!
For the next few days, I'm here to talk about the back story of Christmas movies.

The first Christmas movie ever made is called Santa Claus. It was made in 1898 and is only 2 minutes long.
It's on Youtube and you can watch it here:

Pretty cool it still plays and was preserved!

There are 16 versions of A Christmas Carol that were made for the cinema and a few of them are included in the oldest Christmas movies ever made. One was done in 1908 with another version being released in 1910.

The most popular Christmas movie of all time is It's A Wonderful Life. Released in 1946.
Did you know the movie was filmed in June and July and although the movie depicts a
wintry Christmas Eve, the cast was sweltering. So much so, the director gave everyone a day off just to recover from heat exhaustion.

The effects of the snow for the film was invented during the filming and is still used to this day!
It's a combination of water, soap flakes, foamite and sugar.

Although we can never imagine anyone playing George Bailey besides Jimmy Stewart, other actors that were considered were:
Cary Grant and Henry Fonda.

When it was first released it was considered a Box Office Bomb. It became a beloved classic three decades after its
release when it became a television staple and tradition.

What is your old holiday movie that you must watch every year?! Post below
 
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halimer

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DH watches It's a Wonderful Life at least once. I do not care for that movie at all!

I like Trading Places with Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis. Not that old but old enough.
 

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Wow! That was impressive movie making for 1898. I didn't know what was used for the artificial snow either.

I've seen different old movies over the years but none ever grabbed me as a "must see" every year.
 

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For me, it's not Christmas without the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer original movie, and when WGN TV plays the Christmas short, Susie Snowflake, on the morning news. I also enjoy several of the Christmas classics.
 

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Wow!! Neat old movie! Glad it’s preserved!

Oh gosh … my movies …
White Christmas musical, it’s a wonderful life, Christmas in Connecticut, the preachers wife with Whitney, and the original - the bishop’s wife in black-and-white, the Muppets Christmas Carol, Scrooged, all three of Tim Allan‘s the Santa Claus, the 1960s stop motion, animation movies - like Rudolph – Santa Claus is coming to town – the year without the Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman original cartoon, home alone 1&2, miracle on 34th St the original black-and-white, the lemon drop kid with Bob Hope, Christmas with the Kranks, the Charlie Brown Christmas, cartoon,… Just to name a few! LOL
 

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DH watches It's a Wonderful Life at least once. I do not care for that movie at all!

I like Trading Places with Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis. Not that old but old enough.
I’m with you on It’s a Wondeful Life. I think it’s because I’m a very practical person. Movie shows alot of people not making well thought out choices. lol
 

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My favorite Version of the Christmas Carol is the George C Scott one plus I also love Scrooged with Bill Murry .. The toaster scene is still my favorite screen of that movie LOL.

Nope could not image George Bailey being played by a different actor. Same with White Christmas, love the cast! These are also a must watch for us. We watch White Christmas while decorating the living room Christmas tree and I usually watch it again before the season is over.
 
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The Santa Claus, Elf, Christmas vacation, The Holiday, Miracle on 34th street (the original one), A Christmas story, I just love Christmas movies.
 

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I do not have a firm Christmas favourite, I will happily watch anything remotely Chrismassy.
DD will watch Love Actually every Christmas Eve.
 

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Albert Finney’s A Christmas Carol!

And as I was searching … Kelsey Grammer did a Scrooge?? I will have to watch that.

 

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I will play devil's advocate here.....

Since some of the Godfather takes place during Christmas, is Godfather a Christmas movie?

When it is shown on Thanksgiving it is promoted as a movie about "family".
 
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I would add to your advocate movie thought ... is Die Hard a Christmas movie??
 
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my favorite s. Are home alone 1 and 2. Christmas vacation. Christmas with the Kranks. Elf. The grinch. Charlie Brown Christmas. Almost all Christmas movies I enjoy watching . We watch home alone all year around