Those of you who are into obscure Christmas-themed films owe it to yourselves to watch the very fine 1945 2-reel Warner Bros. Oscar-winning short, STAR IN THE NIGHT, starring J. Carrol Naish and directed by Don Siegel, with music by William Lava.
This short runs periodically on TCM between features, and particularly during the Christmas season.
Battle of the Bulge (1965) – Frankel’s ”Christmas in Ambleve-The Americans Debate” track briefly but beautifully incorporates “Good King Winceslas” and “The First Noel” in the opening moments before segueing into music associated with Maj Kiley, the Panzers and more somber music with overtones of the impending destruction of the city. The juxtaposition of the cheerful Christmas music with the somber really sets the mood for things to come abd is a high point in the music.
Frank Sinatra sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" on Side 1-Track 7 (this track is not on the FSM CD):
"Silent Night" on Side 2-Track 1:
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is heard in "The Victors" as an American WWII deserter is being led to his death by firing squad. The song is also used in a similar way in "The Godfather", as Corleone hit-man Luca Brasi prepares to pay a visit to the Tattaglia family, where he will be strangled to death.