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December 20, 2012

Here's a list of 10 must-see Christmas movies


• 1: “Holiday Inn.” A classic. Bing sings and Fred dances. A bit politically incorrect at times by today’s standards, but it probably was considered progressive at the time.

• 2: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Without a doubt the funniest, most often quoted Christmas movie of all time.

• 3: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Great movie, but a word of advice: I know everyone thinks they can do a great Jimmy Stewart impression, but they can’t. So enough with the “Zuzu’s petals.”

• 4: “Going My Way.” I defy you to watch the end of this movie and not cry.

• 5: “White Christmas.” The scene with Bing and Danny lip-syncing “Sisters” is worth the price of the movie.

• 6: “Elf.” I had to include this movie on the list or my daughter would kill me. Will Ferrell is great in the film, of course, but so are Bob Newhart and James Caan in understated and funny roles.

• 7: “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Technically not a movie, but so what? It’s my list.

• 8: “A Christmas Story.” Even though it runs nonstop on Christmas Eve, I never get tired of it.

• 9: “The Shop Around the Corner.” This movie staring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan was the inspiration for the movie “You’ve Got Mail.”

• 10: “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” I first saw Mr. Magoo’s version of Charles Dickens’ famous short story “A Christmas Carol” when I was 6 years old. I remember thinking at the time that Mr. Magoo was a really good actor. I was a weird kid.

I know I’ve failed to mention several other great Christmas movies, but I had to stop at 10. I also know that you might take issue with the way I ranked my favorites and I can understand that, but, hey, they’re my favorites.

Seriously, if you have some favorites not on my list, send them to me and I’ll mention them in a column closer to Christmas. You can’t have too many holiday movies.


Mike Pound is a columnist for The Joplin (Mo.) Globe. Contact him at


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