Monday, December 14, 2015

Vintage Holiday Classic Film Roundup!

Nothing gets you into the Holidays more than the classics!

We have scoured the theatres and local TV channels to bring you your Vintage Holiday Classic Film Roundup!

Dec 17
6.3p - Its A Wonderful Life - James Stewart and Donna reed (1946) at Revue Cinema
7pm - Scrooge - Alistair Sim (1951) at Royal Cinema
9.3p - Nightmare Before Christmas - Tim Burton (1993) on CTV

Dec 18
7pm - Scrooge - Alistair Sim (1951) at Royal Cinema
8pm - A Christmal Carol - Reginald Owen (1938) on TCM
9.3p - Home Alone Quote-A-Long - Macaulay Caulkin and Joe Pesci (1990) at Bloor Cinema
9.3p - Christmas in Connecticut - Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan (1945) on TCM
1am - Holiday Affair - Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum (1949) on TCM

Dec 19
11a - Home Alone - Macaulay Caulkin and Joe Pesci  (1990) at Carlton Cinema
1pm - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation - Chevy Chase (1988) at TIFF Lightbox
2pm - A Christmas Story - Peter Billingsly (1983) at Revue Cinema
8pm - Gremlins (1984) at Bloor Cinema

Dec 20
3.3p - Little Women - Elizabeth Taylor (1949) at TIFF
3.3p - A Muppet Christmas Carol - Michael Caine (1992) at Bloor Cinema
7pm - Sound of Music Sing-A-Long - Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (1965) on CTV2
7.3p - Dr Seuss: Grinch That Stole Christmas on CBC
8pm - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation - Chevy Chase (1988) on CBC

Dec 21 
7pm - Its A Wonderful Life - James Stewart and Donna Reed (1946) at Cineplex (select theatres)
7pm - Frosty the Snowman (1969) on CBC
8pm - Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas on CBC
8.3p - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Chevy Chase (1989) at Bloor Cinema

Dec 22
8pm - A Christmas Story - Peter Billingsly (1983) on CBC
9pm - Scrooged - Bill Murray (1988) at Bloor Cinema

Dec 23
3pm - White Christmas - Bing, Clooney, Kaye and Ellen (1954) at Bloor Cinema
5.3p - A Christmas Story - Peter Billingsly (1983) at Bloor Cinema
7pm - Its A Wonderful Life - James Stewart and Donna Reed (1946) at Cineplex (select theatres)
8pm - Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957) on TCM
8pm - Scrooge - Alistair Sim (1951) on CTV2
8.3p - Die Hard Quote-A-Long - Bruce Willis (1988) at Bloor Cinema

Dec 24
5am - Bush Christmas (1947) on TCM
9am - A Christmas Carol - Reginald Owen (1938) on TCM
12.3p - Its A Wonderful Life - James Stewart and Donna Reed (1946) at Cineplex (select theatres)
2pm - Christmas in Connecticut - Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan (1945) on TCM
4pm - Holiday Affair - Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum (1949) on TCM
4pm - A Christmas Story - Peter Billingsly (1984) at Revue Cinema
6pm - Meet in in St Louis - Judy Garland (1944) on TCM
7pm - White Christmas - Bing, Clooney, Kaye and Ellen (1954) on CBC
8pm - Its A Wonderful Life - James Stewart and Donna Reed (1946) on CTV
8pm - The Bishop's Wife - Loretta Young an Cary Grant (1947) on TCM
11.3p - Scrooge - Alistair Sim (1951) on CTV
11.3p - Scrooge - Alistair Sim (1951) on CBC

Dec 25
2.3a - The Shop Around the Corner - Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart (1944) on TCM
4.3a - Little Women - Katherine Hepburn (1949) on TCM
6.3a - Little Women - Katherine Hepburn (1949) on TCM
12.3p - Holiday Affair - Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum (1949) on TCM
2pm - The Man Who Came to Dinner - Bette Davis and Monty Wooley (1941) on TCM
6pm - It Happened on 5th Avenue - Anne harding and Don DeFore (1947) on TCM
8pm - Miracle on 34th Street - Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn (1947) on CBC

Dec 26
7pm - Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long - Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (1965) at Tiff Bell Lightbox Theatre

My TOP 3!
If you don't have time for all of the above...
do me a personal favour and check out my personal top 3!

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Barbar Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet 

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Wooley

When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

White Christmas (1954)
Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Other great notable movies! 
(that are not playing publicly this year - as far as we can tell!)

And So They Were Married - Mary Astor and Melvyn Douglas (1936)
Remember the Night - Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray (1940)
Holiday Inn  - Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (1942)
I'll be Seeing You - Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple 
Never Say Goodbye - Ida Lupino and Errol Flynn (1946)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Carol for Another Christmas - Sterling Hayden (1964)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
When Harry Met Sally -  Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal (1989)
Trading Places - Jamie Lee Curtis, Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd (1989)
Edward Scissorhands - Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp (1990)


  1. I can never tell whether Scrooge is the colourized version or not. I prefer the b&w version because the ghost of Christmas future bit is so much eerier and the contrast to the next day so much better.

    1. The 1938 version with Reginald Owen is definitely black and white. The 1951 version with Alistair Sims is the more recognizable version and actually called "Scrooge". TV stations often list it as "A Christmas Carol" hence you don't know which version you are getting unless they list the year and actor! Stick with Reginald Owen/1938 and you'll always get the B/W version!

  2. Fantastic post! This should be required bookmarking for any classic movie fan. Thank you very much for putting this extensive (and very enjoyable) list together.

    White Christmas wins out as my all-time favourite Christmas film, followed closely by Miracle on 34th Miracle on 34th Street.

    Happiest wishes for the New Year and each day of 2016!
    ♥ Jessica