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cumberlandreds
12-06-2007, 10:54 AM
Maybe "Lost" isn't the right word but Christmas movies or shows that you don't ever see or very little on TV anymore. A couple come to mind for me. I have them on VHS and glad I do.
The first one is "The Homecoming". It was the forerunner of the TV series, The Waltons. Patricia O'Neal and Richard Thomas were the stars of this one. My parents always said it was exactly the way they grew up in the depression being a part of a large family like the Waltons were.
Another one is "A House without a Christmas Tree". Jason Robards is in this one. When I was younger I didn't like it because I thought the little girl was a brat. But I watched it for the first time in long time a couple of years ago and really liked it. They also made a Thanksgiving show with the same cast and it was very good too.
Also you don't see Holiday Inn or Christmas in Connecticut much anymore. They are older movies but nice to watch.
You got any favorites that you just don't see much anymore?

westofyou
12-06-2007, 11:05 AM
Maybe "Lost" isn't the right word but Christmas movies or shows that you don't ever see or very little on TV anymore. A couple come to mind for me. I have them on VHS and glad I do.
The first one is "The Homecoming". It was the forerunner of the TV series, The Waltons. Patricia O'Neal and Richard Thomas were the stars of this one. My parents always said it was exactly the way they grew up in the depression being a part of a large family like the Waltons were.
Another one is "A House without a Christmas Tree". Jason Robards is in this one. When I was younger I didn't like it because I thought the little girl was a brat. But I watched it for the first time in long time a couple of years ago and really liked it. They also made a Thanksgiving show with the same cast and it was very good too.
Also you don't see Holiday Inn or Christmas in Connecticut much anymore. They are older movies but nice to watch.
You got any favorites that you just don't see much anymore?


I have the Homecoming on VHS, watch it first if I'm in the Christmas mood... I personally think it's a GREAT TV movie, from an era that TV Movies ruled the airwaves.

KittyDuran
12-06-2007, 11:40 AM
TCM is getting an earful for not showing Holiday Inn this December. When Maureen Stapleton died last year, I thought of the movie "The Electric Grandmother" - also, there is a rare cartoon called "Cosmic Christmas" that I thought was great.

Sea Ray
12-06-2007, 11:43 AM
Another one is "A House without a Christmas Tree". Jason Robards is in this one. When I was younger I didn't like it because I thought the little girl was a brat. But I watched it for the first time in long time a couple of years ago and really liked it. They also made a Thanksgiving show with the same cast and it was very good too.


Is that the one about the little girl whose mother died and had a really mean, bitter father?

westofyou
12-06-2007, 11:45 AM
I also always liked the musical version of The Christmas Carol (Scrooge 1970) with Albert Finney as Scrooge... who was 13 years younger then the actor who plays his nephew

Sea Ray
12-06-2007, 11:45 AM
What I miss are the Bing Crosby specials. I wonder why channel can't get the rights to show these, even if they just showed one or two a year. I'd be all over that!

cumberlandreds
12-06-2007, 11:57 AM
Is that the one about the little girl who's mother died and had a really mean, bitter father?

Yes it is. Robards is really terrific playing this role.

cumberlandreds
12-06-2007, 11:58 AM
I also always liked the musical version of The Christmas Carol (Scrooge 1970) with Albert Finney as Scrooge... who was 13 years younger then the actor who plays his nephew


I like that one too. It's my second favorite adapation of the Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one George C. Scott is in, made in 1984.

cumberlandreds
12-06-2007, 12:01 PM
What I miss are the Bing Crosby specials. I wonder why channel can't get the rights to show these, even if they just showed one or two a year. I'd be all over that!


I recorded a special that was highlights of all his shows many years ago. I pull it out and watch it some years.

westofyou
12-06-2007, 12:25 PM
I like that one too. It's my second favorite adapation of the Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one George C. Scott is in, made in 1984.

Mine as well, I have that at home too... George is great.

Roy Tucker
12-06-2007, 12:38 PM
We still drag out our well-worn VHS copy of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" with Michael Caine and a whole host of Muppets.

The kids liked it when they were little and now that they are college and HS age, they still like it.

westofyou
12-06-2007, 12:48 PM
We still drag out our well-worn VHS copy of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" with Michael Caine and a whole host of Muppets.

The kids liked it when they were little and now that they are college and HS age, they still like it.

You, like me missed out on the whole Sesame Street gang as icons... I'm still waiting for Tom Terrific's Christmas starring Dancing Bear and Mr. Bunny Rabbit

Johnny Footstool
12-06-2007, 01:08 PM
"Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas". I do have it on VHS, but I miss the ubiquitous broadcasts on HBO.

The Riverbottom Nightmare Band absolutely rocked!

Roy Tucker
12-06-2007, 01:21 PM
You, like me missed out on the whole Sesame Street gang as icons... I'm still waiting for Tom Terrific's Christmas starring Dancing Bear and Mr. Bunny Rabbit

I got to see them all through the eyes of my kids.

Another VHS we drag out is "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street". Big Bird and crowd try to figure out how Santa gets down the chimney. Well-done.

A Roy fave song is "I Hate Christmas" sung by Oscar the Grouch.

I know entirely too much about Sesame Street, the Muppets, and Muppet Babies.

BuckWoody
12-06-2007, 01:37 PM
I like that one too. It's my second favorite adapation of the Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one George C. Scott is in, made in 1984.
We have the George C. Scott Christmas Carol on DVD. It is my absolute favorite Christmas movie/special. The casting and acting in it are absolutely wonderful.

I still drop the line about "making rather merry yesterday" on people from time to time....usually followed by strange looks.

RichRed
12-06-2007, 02:11 PM
Don't know how "lost" it is but I like the 1951 Scrooge starring Alastair Sim. Does a name get any more British than Alastair Sim?

Also, Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special with a cast that included Charo, Magic Johnson, Oprah, Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello. Inspired lunacy.

Donder
12-06-2007, 02:19 PM
My family watched The Night They Saved Christmas every year growing up. It was one of my family's biggest holiday traditions. It's probably been close to 10 years now since they stopped showing it. Every year I'll find it in a store, but no luck so far.

rotnoid
12-06-2007, 02:20 PM
We pulled out a ratty VHS copy of Garfield's Christmas special last weekend. Doesn't get much play any more, but I do love me some Doc Boy references.

RFS62
12-06-2007, 02:53 PM
You, like me missed out on the whole Sesame Street gang as icons... I'm still waiting for Tom Terrific's Christmas starring Dancing Bear and Mr. Bunny Rabbit


Yeah, and Crabby Appleton would definitely try to ruin Christmas.


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westofyou
12-06-2007, 02:57 PM
Yeah, and Crabby Appleton would definitely try to ruin Christmas.


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He's got bad teeth and a skinny tie.

He must be British.

Jerry Narron
12-06-2007, 06:21 PM
We pulled out a ratty VHS copy of Garfield's Christmas special last weekend. Doesn't get much play any more, but I do love me some Doc Boy references.

Anyone know why CBS stopped airing this?

KittyDuran
12-06-2007, 07:58 PM
Don't know how "lost" it is but I like the 1951 Scrooge starring Alastair Sim. Does a name get any more British than Alastair Sim?

Also, Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special with a cast that included Charo, Magic Johnson, Oprah, Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello. Inspired lunacy.I love the version w/Sim - I bought at Best Buy a 2 DVD set with a restored B&W version - they also have the colorized version (yeech) as well in the set. Another good "Christmas Carol" is "An American Christmas Carol" with Henry Winkler set in the Depression. Went and bought "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" as well. PBS sometimes shows two British Christmas classics that you can find on DVD now... "The Snowman" and "Father Christmas"... BUT beware of the "Father Christmas" DVD - I purchased that they redid the audio. Father Christmas in the original has a cockney accent (says bloomin' alot) and the DVD is just an English accent. VERY dissappointing!

KittyDuran
12-06-2007, 08:00 PM
"Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas". I do have it on VHS, but I miss the ubiquitous broadcasts on HBO.

The Riverbottom Nightmare Band absolutely rocked!I do too! IIRC you can get the DVD of the show.

KittyDuran
12-06-2007, 08:06 PM
Looking at some of my VHS tapes...

How about "A Mom for Christmas" with Olivia Newton-John... and wasn't that filmed in Cincinnati? Also, Tiny Toons Christmas Special...

MrCinatit
12-06-2007, 08:29 PM
I am surprised no one has mentioned this gem (http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/) - which, yes, I do remember watching when it was shown.

Rojo
12-06-2007, 09:13 PM
I am surprised no one has mentioned this gem (http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/) - which, yes, I do remember watching when it was shown.

I was going bring this up. I watched it as a kid as well and remember being bored to tears. About 5 years ago, a friend got a copy and we watched it. Bored to tears. Its HORRIBLE.

GAC
12-06-2007, 09:24 PM
I like that one too. It's my second favorite adapation of the Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one George C. Scott is in, made in 1984.

Bought that one last year on DVD. But my favorite version is the 1951 one starring Alastair Sim.

And you can purchase a highlight DVD of Bing Crosby Christmas

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004TWQ7?tag=tvdvdreviewsc-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B00004TWQ7&adid=1HD9EQJMYQYBCYS8QC45&

Always loved this Crosby-Bowie duet on Little Drummer Boy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKTHvW2JcAA

GoGoWhiteSox
12-07-2007, 01:02 AM
Anyone know why CBS stopped airing this?
I wonder why too. I used to love watching that when I was little.

919191
12-07-2007, 01:29 AM
In the late '60's and early '70's WTTV channel 4 in Inidnapolis used to air a movie called Dondi. I think it was about a young orphan boy that was Asian. They showed it every Christmas Eve in the afternoon and my brother and I always watched it. Haven't seen it in years.

Sea Ray
12-07-2007, 01:44 AM
Always loved this Crosby-Bowie duet on Little Drummer Boy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKTHvW2JcAA


Wasn't that his last show? That is a wonderful duet. I have the recording on tape. I've always wondered how those two ever got together. Seems like an odd pairing to say the least.

What do you think the chances are of a Pat Boone-Marilyn Manson duet someday?

919191
12-07-2007, 03:17 AM
Wasn't that his last show? That is a wonderful duet. I have the recording on tape. I've always wondered how those two ever got together. Seems like an odd pairing to say the least.

What do you think the chances are of a Pat Boone-Marilyn Manson duet someday?

I either read somewhere or saw on a show once that Crosby had no idea who Bowie was.

cumberlandreds
12-07-2007, 08:28 AM
I either read somewhere or saw on a show once that Crosby had no idea who Bowie was.

That was on Crosby's last Christmas special. It aired after he had died. I can remember watching it then and thinking such an odd combination of Bowie and Crosby. I read years later they were never together and that their pieces were filmed separately and spliced together for TV. It is a good rendition and I have it on VHS with a show I taped many years ago called America's Top Ten Christmas songs,in the Rock N Roll era, that was hosted by Casey Casem. They through that one in as an extra, I think? I try to watch that every year. It has neat renditions of popular christmas songs. BTW, Rudolph was number one.

GAC
12-07-2007, 09:50 AM
In the late '60's and early '70's WTTV channel 4 in Inidnapolis used to air a movie called Dondi. I think it was about a young orphan boy that was Asian. They showed it every Christmas Eve in the afternoon and my brother and I always watched it. Haven't seen it in years.

I remember that one.

RichRed
12-07-2007, 10:30 AM
I am surprised no one has mentioned this gem (http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/) - which, yes, I do remember watching when it was shown.

Tried to block it out. Didn't Jefferson Starship or just Starship perform on that debacle?

cumberlandreds
12-07-2007, 10:33 AM
I remember that one.

Here's IMDB's description of Dondi. Also Amazon has it as a downloadable rental. I didn't even know Amazon did that? I had never heard of this movie. David Janssen and Patti Page starred in it.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054816/

http://www.amazon.com/Dondi/dp/B000SW4DTY/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-video&qid=1197037785&sr=8-2

westofyou
12-07-2007, 10:37 AM
Here's IMDB's description of Dondi. Also Amazon has it as a downloadable rental. I didn't even know Amazon did that? I had never heard of this movie. David Janssen and Patti Page starred in it.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054816/

http://www.amazon.com/Dondi/dp/B000SW4DTY/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-video&qid=1197037785&sr=8-2

Dondi was a very popular comic strip, I used to read it in the Detroit Free Press in the early 70's .

I have a book on the worst movies ever made, Dondi is in it.

Dondi was an Italian War Orphan brought home by a soldier

rotnoid
12-07-2007, 11:24 AM
Last Christmas Eve I went to sleep, or more accurately tried to go to sleep, with A Very Married Christmas starring Joe Mantegna on a TV that I could hear but not see (long story). Being a Simpsons fan, my brain equates the voice of Joe Mantegna with Fat Tony. I had the hardest time getting to sleep because I kept seeing Fat Tony in various Christmas situations as the movie played out. Not sure I ever go to sleep. And of course, the little ones were up before 5 am. Thanks a lot Joe!

minus5
12-07-2007, 12:52 PM
I read years later they were never together and that their pieces were filmed separately and spliced together for TV.

Nah, they were together when they filmed it. Bing was on tour in the UK when they filmed his special that year. After they finished the filming he exchanged phone numbers with Bowie. Bing said he was impressed with Bowie and that Bowie could probably have a fine film career if he so chose. Also, said he seemed like a nice clean cut kid with good manners. Bing liked him.

Johnny Footstool
12-07-2007, 01:08 PM
I am surprised no one has mentioned this gem (http://www.starwarsholidayspecial.com/) - which, yes, I do remember watching when it was shown.

I have a bootleg DVD of that, if anyone wants a copy. Seriously, it's incredibly fun. Terrible, charming fun.

Yes, RichRed, Jefferson Starship did perform, for no good reason. I think some network exec just thought, "Hey we need a rock band, you know, for the kids. This group has a spacey-sounding name, so they'll be perfect."

Yachtzee
12-07-2007, 01:37 PM
I have a bootleg DVD of that, if anyone wants a copy. Seriously, it's incredibly fun. Terrible, charming fun.

Yes, RichRed, Jefferson Starship did perform, for no good reason. I think some network exec just thought, "Hey we need a rock band, you know, for the kids. This group has a spacey-sounding name, so they'll be perfect."

They didn't happen to sing "We Built This Death Star," did they?

Nugget
12-07-2007, 02:07 PM
One sacharine movie (in the most positive sense) that was always on at Christmas as "A Very Brady Christmas" but my favourite has to Miracle on 34th Street - The one with Ed Gwynn and Maureen O'Hara.

Johnny Footstool
12-07-2007, 04:21 PM
They didn't happen to sing "We Built This Death Star," did they?

I wish!

minus5
12-07-2007, 04:28 PM
A movie I liked & only saw once was A Christmas To Remember with Jason Robards. Good moive, from what I remember. I also liked One Magic Christmas with Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton.

GAC
12-08-2007, 05:30 AM
Here's IMDB's description of Dondi. Also Amazon has it as a downloadable rental. I didn't even know Amazon did that? I had never heard of this movie. David Janssen and Patti Page starred in it.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054816/

http://www.amazon.com/Dondi/dp/B000SW4DTY/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-video&qid=1197037785&sr=8-2

Yeah, Janssen played the soldier who befriended Dondi. The critics were really harsh on this movie; but who listens to critics. As kids, my sister and I loved it. I also remember the comic strip.

I didn't know Amazon did that either; but I'd rather be able to purchase a copy of it. I bet my older sister would love a copy for Christmas.

GAC
12-08-2007, 05:38 AM
Growing up in our household, my Dad, during the Holiday season, always filled the home with Christmas music.... Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Percy Faith, Andy Williams. I still love to listen to it.

But one of my all-time favorites is Sleigh Ride by Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra.

I still have a copy of this.....

http://www.artistdirect.com/Images/artd/amg/music/cover/3438609_bing_200.jpg

WebScorpion
12-10-2007, 10:15 AM
I just saw 'Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey' this weekend, which is one of those Christmas claymation movies I had completely forgotten about. Another one I haven't seen in a while is 'The Little Drummer Boy'.

cumberlandreds
12-10-2007, 10:29 AM
I just saw 'Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey' this weekend, which is one of those Christmas claymation movies I had completely forgotten about. Another one I haven't seen in a while is 'The Little Drummer Boy'.

Little Drummer Boy is on ABC Family channel later this week. I think thursday but not sure about that. I have my DVR set to remind me.:)

HotCorner
12-10-2007, 03:46 PM
One Magic Christmas

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089731/

westofyou
12-10-2007, 04:08 PM
No Christmas is complete without an episode of Davey and Goliath

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519X8M3CG4L._AA280_.jpg

http://www.metrosantacruz.com/metro-santa-cruz/12.14.05/gifs/davey-0550-family.jpg

Raisor
12-10-2007, 04:49 PM
No Christmas is complete without an episode of Davey and Goliath



Raisor hearts D&G.

The D&G Mt Dew commercial from a few years ago is gold.

Yachtzee
12-10-2007, 08:16 PM
No Christmas is complete without an episode of Davey and Goliath

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519X8M3CG4L._AA280_.jpg

http://www.metrosantacruz.com/metro-santa-cruz/12.14.05/gifs/davey-0550-family.jpg

Oh Davey.

I used to work with a guy named David who looked like the claymation kid. Needless to say, within a month of his start, everyone greeted him with "Hey Davey."

rotnoid
12-11-2007, 08:35 AM
I just saw 'Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey' this weekend, which is one of those Christmas claymation movies I had completely forgotten about. Another one I haven't seen in a while is 'The Little Drummer Boy'.

I actually have Nestor, starting Roger Miller, on DVD. It's the "add-in" cartoon with The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Johnny Footstool
12-11-2007, 11:53 AM
I'm Mister Green Christmas
I'm Mister Sun
I'm Mister Heat Blister
I'm Mister Hundred-and-One
They call me Heat Miser
Whatever I touch
Melts in my clutch
I'm too much.

rotnoid
12-11-2007, 12:23 PM
I'm Mister Green Christmas
I'm Mister Sun
I'm Mister Heat Blister
I'm Mister Hundred-and-One
They call me Heat Miser
Whatever I touch
Melts in my clutch
I'm too much.
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