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The Best '50s Christmas Movies

Updated December 16, 2020 684 votes 152 voters 6.0k views17 items

List RulesVote up films released in the '50s where the Christmas season is a main theme of the film

The weather outside is frightful, but the best '50s Christmas movies are here to keep you warm and cozy during the cold November and December months. The modern tradition of watching holiday films next to a roaring fire, surrounded by loved ones dates all the way back to the birth of cinema. Each year, holiday movies are released in order to celebrate that magical time of year when families gather together, exchange gifts, and enjoy Christmas films from all decades.

So what are the top ‘50s Christmas movies? There were only a handful of Christmas movies released in the 1950s that earned a spot on this list, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some classics in the bunch. For instance, there’s 1954’s White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and featuring the musical stylings of Irving Berlin. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, the Oscar-winning director of Casablanca. Curtiz also directed the ensemble comedy We’re No Angels, released in 1955. Featuring heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart and Basil Rathbone, the film was one of the year’s top box office hits.

Here, you’ll also find an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in the form of 1951’s Scrooge. Vote up the best '50s Christmas movies!

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    White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film Holiday Inn. Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the earlier film. Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film is notable for being the first to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen process developed by Paramount that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film; this large-area negative was used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35mm prints....  more
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    • Scrooge is a 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the United States. The film also features Kathleen Harrison in an acclaimed turn as Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's charwoman. George Cole stars as the younger version of Scrooge, Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit, Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins, a debtor, Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin, a role created for the film, Ernest Thesiger as Marley's undertaker and Patrick Macnee as young Jacob Marley. Michael Hordern plays Marley's ghost, as...  more
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      • The Lemon Drop Kid is a 1951 comedy film based on the short story of the same name by Damon Runyon, starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. Although Sidney Lanfield is credited as the director, Frank Tashlin reportedly was hired, uncredited, to finish the film. The story had previously been adapted as a movie in 1934 starring Lee Tracy, with a bit part for actress Ann Sheridan. The song "Silver Bells," sung by Hope and Maxwell, was introduced in the film. On October 19, 2010, the film was released on DVD through Shout! Factory under license from the film's current distributor, FremantleMedia North America....  more
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          Susan Slept Here is a 1954 American romantic comedy film starring Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds. Shot in Technicolor, the film was based on the play of the same name by Steve Fisher and Alex Gottlieb. The film's plotline was later used again by director Frank Tashlin for 1962's Bachelor Flat....  more
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