Look at the broad yuletide spectrum of Hollywood and big screen Christmas movies and you’ll see a pattern. A handful of classics from the 40's and 50's, no real interest in the 60's, questionable quality in the 70's, a breakthrough in the 80's, and a steady stream in the 90's, even if the quality remained absent. Then came the new millennium and things were different.
Decade after decade, we have seen a wonderful plethora of Christmas movies that don't seem make it to today's tiresome lists. Ready for your Christmas movie feast?
1. Babes in Toyland (1961)
2. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
4. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
5. The Christmas that Almost Wasn't (1966)
David Appleford has reported on films and theatre at radio and TV stations around the United States since the early eighties. Originally from Essex, England, David moved to the United States in 1982 to write film and theatre reviews plus articles for local magazines. He is a published playwright and has won several entertainment awards. David is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle, the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the American Theatre Critics Association.