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!
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 on Wikipedia
Actors: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, + more
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
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 well ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Michael Hordern, Hermione Baddeley, + more
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
We're No Angels is a 1955 Christmas comedy film starring an ensemble cast of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll. Shot in both VistaVision and Technicolor, the Paramount Studios production was directed by Michael Curtiz, who had directed Bogart in Casablanca when both were under contract to Warner Brothers. It is one of Bogart's rare comedies. The screenplay was written by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play My Three Angels by Samuel and Bella Spewack, itself was based upon the French play La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll, + more
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the play by William Marchant. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell, Gig Young, Dina Merrill, + more
Directed by: Walter Lang