Offbeat Christmas Flicks and Other Great Movies For The Movie Lover

Irv and Brian B. have heard all of Sammy Claus’s jokes before (see his “comedy” act in the first installment of our holiday podcast), so they decide to compare notes on their favorite unusual Christmas-themed hits. How many have you seen? How many must you own? How many are you going to want to give out as presents? There’s only one way to find out:

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  • Bill Blau

    Merry Christmas, everybody! My favorite Christmas story of all time is not on any of the listings, but I had to share it with everyone. In 1959 or 1960 Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone did a half hour episode entitled THE NIGHT OF THE MEEK, starring the late, lamented Art Carney as a down-on-his-luck department store Santa, who wants to forget the commercial aspects of the time of year (sales for the store), and concentrate on the real meaning of the holiday. His performance is so heart-tuggingly beautiful, when he finds a magic bag that will give everyone what he wants for a Christmas present, even his flint-hearted ex-boss who asks for a rare brandy. If you are still dry-eyed at the end, when Art Carney’s one Christmas wish comes true, for all time, you must be a Scrooge indeed. See, it, find it, buy it if you have to, but don’t miss it. YergonnaLUVVIT. Comment, anybody? Bill

    • Ellen Christy Snyder

      I was just talking about that epidsoe of the Twilight Zone. I watch it every year on the Sci Fy channel and cry every time!

  • TheEnemyBelow

    Okay.Maybe theyr’e not really Christmas Movies,
    but I like em’anyway: 1949’s”Battleground”with James Arness;Van Johnson;Ricardo Montalban and James Whitmore.

    Belgium.December 1944.A viscious Nazi counterattack has the 82nd Airborne trapped
    behind enemy lines.

    2001’s Behind Enemy Lines.Right before Christmas,
    Serbian Soldiers shoot down Owen Wilson’s F/A18 Hornet and his CO Gene Hackman leads a rescue mission to save him.

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  • James

    Bill, I saw that TWILIGHT ZONE episode you’re talking about, and it was a good one! There was also a remake of that episode for the 1980s version of TWILIGHT ZONE, with Richard Mulligan in the Art Carney role. That was good also.

  • christina

    John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr. and Pedro Armmendariz ‘Three Godfathers’ is a wonderful off-beat Christmas story and twist on the three wise men and baby Jesus. There has been several versions, but this is the best.

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  • Larry J. Cox

    Not really a Christmas movie, but we can’t forget the Christmas scene in the bar in Donavan’s Reef, with Lee Marvin playing one of the Wise Men. He comes in as The King of the United States.

    • mrkb2366 .

      Very Nice. Not many people remember that. I am a big Duke fan. That is one of my favorites.

  • Steve Martin

    I’ll be putting on my annual viewing of “The Jingle Bells Affair” Man From U.N.C.L.E.

  • Kenneth Morgan

    Apparently, the commentators are unaware of the MST3K, Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax versions of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”, or the MST3K & Rifftrax versions of “Santa Claus”.

  • Movie Fan

    My favorite Christmas shows have always been found on television. Those familiar with “MAD TV,” will remember the Lancome Lady snarking her way through Christmas. Similar in tone to shows such as Married With Children or The Simpsons, it was meant for adult viewers. The show was modeled after MAD Magazine’s style of humor so it could be crude and politically incorrect. I thought it was often the best comedy ensemble program on TV.

  • Ellen Christy Snyder

    I love the movie with Charlton Heston called “Will Penny”. The Christmas he spends with a widow and her son is really sweet. I also love the movie “Night of the Hunter”, not really a Christmas movie, but they do have a Christmas part towards the end of the movie. The movie Joyeux Noel (sic) is an awesome movie about a truce on Christmas Eve during World War I – I highly recommend it. On an old episode of the Twilight Zone, Art Carney plays a a down trodden Santa. I can not remember the name of that episode I think is is called the “The NIght of the Meek”, a really touching and sweet episode.

  • Antone

    My favorite dark comedy set during Christmas is Michael Curtiz’ We’re No Angels. Bogie, Peter Ustinov & Aldo Ray play 3 desperate escapees from Devil’s Island prison. They plan to steal getaway money from hapless but lovable married business partners Leo G Carroll & Joan Bennett. The couples unscrupulous cousin Basil Rathbone comes to town to steal their business. The escapees—won over by the couple’s honesty & decency—solve the Rathbone problem with the help of pet poisonous snake, Adolph. They then decide to return to the uncomplicated life behind bars.