Category Archives: Classic

The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

On the twelfth day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…a fire-snouted misfit

Jim Carrey irking Whoville

Jack the Pumpkin King

Bill Murray and Bah, humbug!

A towhead by his lonesome

Tim Allen down the chimney

Clark W. Griswold

You’ll shoot your eye out!

Will Ferrell wearing tights

Santa on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer below. It may have just been a T.V. special, but even decades later, this heart-warming shout-out to nonconformity has not lost any of its glow. With cheery tunes and delightful characters, like Yukon Cornelius and Hermey the molar-loving elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a must-watch, holiday special that will…well, it will go down in history!


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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

On the third day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…Santa Clause on trial

Two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for Miracle on 34th Street (1947) below. This trailer is unique in that it hardly shows any footage of the actual film. It instead follows around studio head Ed Schaeffer as he tries to discern which adjectives best describe the film after a mock screening of what would have been the film’s trailer.

What’s great about Miracle on 34th Street is that it’s not one of those confectionery holiday films that’s been smeared with syrupy schmaltz and then frosted with warm fuzzies.  If this holiday film were a bonbon, it would, of course, have the sweet n’creamy center, but it would also have a caramelized coating of social cynicism – and it is precisely this combination of sweet and cynical which makes Miracle on 34th Street one of the most watchable holiday classics.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “White Christmas”

On the second day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…two singing soldiers

And an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas below. This film is so sweet n’sappy that it could actually give you a cavity, but with the catchy songs and the toe-tapping of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, it’s hard not to let one or two smiles slip as you’re watching this sugary holiday treat.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Trailers: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

On the first day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me…an angel every time a bell rings

Check out the trailer for It’s a Wonderful Life below. It’s not my personal favorite, but this Frank Capra classic is the kind of movie that you can watch year after year, and the charm of George Bailey and Bedford Falls never wears thin.

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