Susan Granger's weekly DVD update
Published 3:19 pm, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
With Christmas just days away, here are 18 perennial holiday favorites:
"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946): Classic redemption story with Jimmy Stewart contemplating suicide, wishing he'd never been born until he discovers what would have happened if he'd never existed.
"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944): Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
"White Christmas" (1954): Technicolor remake of "Holiday Inn," teaming Bing Crosby with Danny Kaye.
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"Remember the Night" (1940): Fred MacMurray is a prosecutor who befriends a shoplifter, played by Barbara Stanwyck, at Christmas and they fall in love.
"The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951): Bob Hope is a racetrack tout who runs afoul of a big-time gambler and introduces the classic tune "Silver Bells."
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989): a comedy featuring disaster-prone Chevy Chase.
"Home Alone" (1990): Macaulay Culkin gets left behind when his family goes to Paris.
"Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992): A unique version of Charles Dickens' classic.
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993): Inventive stop-motion animation.
"The Santa Clause" (1994): Tim Allen plays a divorced dad who's chosen to be the next Santa Claus.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000): The timeless Dr. Seuss tale.
"Elf" (2003): Will Ferrell believes he's one of Santa Ed Asner's helpers until he discovers the truth.
"Bad Santa" (2003): Terry Zwighoff's subversive comedy mocks the commercialism of the season, as Billy Bob Thornton plays a misanthropic criminal masquerading as a shopping mall Santa to rob department stores.