We all have a special Christmas movie, that go-to masterpiece for which we've memorized almost every line of every scene.
For example, many people could name the title of one favorite from these lines: "And why is the carpet all wet, Todd?" "I don't KNOW, Margo!"
ThisWeek staffers were asked, "What's your favorite Christmas movie?" Read ours and share yours. We triple-dog dare ya.
Abby Armbruster, page designer: I am torn between "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz and "Love Actually." I watch both movies at Christmastime every year. They're the best blend of romantic comedy and holiday-themed movie.
Lorrie Cecil, photographer: "Miracle on 34 Street." It just brings back all the magic of Christmas whenever I see it.
Lee Cochran, managing editor: This is a tough call. There are five I watch every year – "Christmas Vacation," "Die Hard," "The Ref," "Scrooged" and "A Christmas Story." I'll go with "Scrooged," slightly ahead of "Christmas Vacation" and "Die Hard." A perfect role for Bill Murray; Carol Kane was hilarious as The Ghost of Christmas Present; and Bobcat played a great Eliot Loudermilk. I've seen this movie so many times and it just never gets old. (I really could say that about all five on my list, though.)
Patrick Dolan, sports copy editor: My favorite Christmas movie is "Die Hard," followed by "Home Alone" and "The Santa Clause" (Tim Allen).
Scott Hummel, assistant managing editor, digital: I'll have to go with the 1940 "The Shop Around the Corner," featuring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. I love Stewart's pre-WWII roles, and this movie has seen many remakes and adaptations, including the 1998 "You've Got Mail." And it's not as long as that one unknown Christmas movie Jimmy did in 1946. On a side note, Stewart played darker roles after WWII. "It's A Wonderful Life" was the first one.
Marla Kuhlman, reporter: I love "The Homecoming," a holiday movie that inspired the television series "The Walton’s." The story centers around a rural American family preparing to celebrate Christmas together in 1933. It’s a timeless, inspiring movie of hope, love and the Christmas spirit. I especially like when John Boy sets out to find his Daddy, who was delayed getting home to the family because of a bus accident. John Boy enlists the help of the Baldwin sisters, and they all sing carols while riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, trying to find John Walton. The movie also honors traditions like when grandpa insists on braving the weather to go ring the Baptist church bell. The actors who played the mom and dad changed for the television series. I absolutely adored Ralph Waite as daddy, and Will Geer, who played grandpa. I’m a huge fan of writer Earl Hamner, who based the story on his own family. My other top Christmas movies are classics: "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Christmas in Connecticut" and "White Christmas." I guess I’m the old soul on staff.
Dennis Laycock, community editor: "Christmas Vacation." I know in my heart it's a terrible movie, but there's so much to love -- Cousin Eddie's translucent sweater/dickey combo! The nauseating, hilarious sounds made by Snot the Rottweiler as he yacks on a bone! Clark's unending string of unintentional double entendres! And most of all, the final performance of Mae Questel – the original voice of Betty Boop!– as Aunt Bethany, which should have been nominated for an Oscar, and I'm not even kidding.
Kevin Parks, reporter: When I was a kid growing up in Steubenville, all of the television stations, particularly the ones out of Pittsburgh, had vaults filled with old movies. One that kept cropping up year in and year out, and which became one of my all-time favorite films and definitely favorite one with a Christmas theme is “We’re No Angels.” The 1955 film, based on a French farce (I’ve actually seen the play on stage), is about three convicts trying to escape Devil’s Island in the late 19th century. It reunited Humphrey Bogart, who had great comic timing, with Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz and features very funny performances by Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll and Basil Rathbone. For me, nothing says Christmas like a venomous snake killing off all the unpleasant characters in a movie. Oops. Spoiler alert.
Lisa Proctor, community editor: The one I never tire of watching is "A Christmas Carol," with George C. Scott as Scrooge. Not only is Scott perfect for Scrooge, the movie has Edward Woodward as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Frank Finley as a truly frightening Jacob Marley. I am such a sap for the story and I think this group really captured it.
Dave Purpura, sports reporter: Watching "Christmas Vacation" was a tradition in my house for several years, probably from the mid-'90s for a decade after that at least. It used to be on network TV on the Sunday right before Christmas, and when that ceased, we simply watched it on Christmas Eve. I did not see "A Christmas Story" in full until probably five years ago and I'd say that's my favorite nowadays. If you are a fan of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," watch its version of "Santa Claus," a Mexican movie from around 1960. It's hilariously awful.
Neil Thompson, assignment editor: "Die Hard." Yes, it's a Christmas movie. The plot wouldn't work as well without a Christmas Eve office party as the setting. "Happy trails, Hans."
Sandy Wallace, assistant managing editor, news: I have to go old school. "White Christmas" – with a wonderful performance by Rosemary Clooney singing "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me." A other favorite: "A Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott as Scrooge. The scene toward the end with him jumping on the bed makes me laugh every time!
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