Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Movie Christmas Trees

As a follow-up to last year’s look at some movie Christmas trees, here are a few more to deck the halls.

“Peyton Place” (1957), discussed in this post, shows how fun Christmas can be with Hope Lange and her little brother until abusive stepfather Arthur Kennedy shows up and spoils the afternoon. Not only that, the tree gets knocked over (gasp!). And Arthur gets knocked off. But hey, pass the eggnog.

In “Bell, Book, and Candle” (1958), discussed in this post, we see perhaps the ultimate in artificial Christmas trees, a kind of tree-inspired metal sculpture around which some witches switch presents, which is fun for witches.

Here in “Stella Dallas” (1937), we get the old fashioned traditional enormous tree with visiting papa John Boles and daughter Anne Shirley sharing a brief happy moment in another traditional dysfunctional family.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown, making the best of it. And being grateful for the socks and underwear. Or, whatever is it those witches are giving each other.


MrJeffery said...

this is a fun post. i love peyton place. depressing scene though :(

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks, MrJeffrey. Depressing scene, yes. Always interesting when they put these devastating events in a Christmas setting.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jacqueline
We find ourselves in Christmas mood.
My choice is "Peyton Place". I like this type of actor like Arthur Kennedy and I say that by the chance of your Christmas trees.
Looking at your way of writing since I follow your page I' m sure that you are a really kind person so I wish you a Happy Christmas for you and your family.
Season Greetings.

Caftan Woman said...

So many trees in so many movies. A favourite of mine is from John Ford's "The Long Gray Line" when West Point cadets bring a tree and all the trimmings to lonely Martin Maher (Tyrone Power).

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Don Michael, thank you for your kind words. May I also wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Caftan Woman, that's a great scene. It's been years since I saw that movie. I'm going to have to keep that one in mind for the future.

Unknown said...

Bell, Book & Candle is one of our favorite holiday movies! The witchy Christmas gift exchange is a fun scene.

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Hi, John. It's a fun movie, and one of the few I can think of that starts the ball rolling in a Christmas scene, then moves the plot along several months.

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