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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

When it's not a "Christmas movie," but there's Christmas music on the soundtrack.


I'll start with this one, which I'm now playing:

Mommie Dearest ~ Henry Mancini (La-La Land Records)

18. Christmas Music (2:06)
Contains "Away in a Manger" composed by James E. Epilman and
Martin Luther, and "Silent Night" composed by Franz Gruber;
arranged by Jack Hayes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)



Criswell predicts* that at some point there will be a dispute as to whether or not Home Alone is a "Christmas movie."

* ©DavidinBerkeley

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

My least favorite: "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" John Barry OHMSS What was he thinking? Does anyone else here think it was a joke?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

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:

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   JimWynorski   (Member)

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Some would say yes, others no.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


Criswell predicts* that at some point there will be a dispute as to whether or not Home Alone is a "Christmas movie."

* ©DavidinBerkeley


It absolutely is and it is absolutely my favorite Christmas movie. There is no disputing this. Thank you, ladies and germs.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

The President's Analyst closes out with some Christmas music.

It's a crime that this has net been released yet. Are the tapes missing?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

"Three Days of the Condor" uses "Silver Bells" and "Jingle Bells."

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

There's a nice German version of 'Silent Night' on JENNIFER 8.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 11:05 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Not a film, but a VERY odd place for Jingle Bells to pop up -- Shostakovich's incidental music to King Lear. He uses the melody as one of the 'Songs of the Fool'.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 12:31 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

My least favorite: "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" John Barry OHMSS What was he thinking? Does anyone else here think it was a joke?

A joke? No. A perfect piece of music for the scenes in the film? Yes ...

... and a highly enjoyable Christmas song of which I never tire.

I acknowledge that as a teenager when I first purchased the album I wasn't too taken but the song has matured with me over the years and I think it's a lovely track.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 12:38 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

Gone With The Wind

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

LADY IN THE LAKE - 1946

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - 1944

THE THIN MAN - 1934

AUNTIE MAME - 1958

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME - 1949

SUSAN SLEPT HERE - 1954

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY - 1944

SAY ONE FOR ME - 1959

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Marc Wilkinson's & Douglas Gamley's score to Enigma (1982) - CD release please! - contains two Christmas pieces ...

... Russian Christmas time and Christmas Carol.

John Barry's The Lion in Winter includes the song The Christmas Wine ... though we think of this as a Christmas film in my household!

Also, his score to The Last Valley includes the choral piece Christmas Song.

Nino Rota's La Dolce Vita includes a suite of melodies (tr.10) interpolating some Christmas tunes.

Ennio Morricone's Love Affair includes The Christmas Song by Ray Charles.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Odessa File includes Perry Como's Christmas Dream.

The Frank Sinatra recording of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is available on the 6CD set Frank Sinatra in Hollywood.

And mentioning FS, the score to Robin and the 7 Hoods includes Don't be a Do-Badder which is a Yule-Tide song.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

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.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

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.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

Most of Shane Black's movies are set at Christmastime and would be eligible, but the best example I can think for this is the Jingle Bell Rocking opening of LETHAL WEAPON.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Some would say yes, others no.

No! But others call it their favorite "Christmas" film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   fleming   (Member)

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.

 
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