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

  • 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.