We had our annual White Christmas viewing tonight and as the movie finished up, I came to a shocking revelation. Christmas never actually happens in the movie. The movie both begins during Christmas Eve, and ends during another Christmas Eve. But it never goes further.
So, is this a total anomaly, or are there any other Christmas movies out there in which we never see December 25th?
At ~2:50 in the clip you can see the Baily’s grandfather clock and the time is either 11:00 or 11:55 (which makes no sense, since just a few minutes earlier George is running down “Main St” wishing a Merry Christmas to all the folks who are out doing what exactly on “Main St” in Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve after 7pm? :dubious: It’s not the cool town Pottersville was, with its swinging nightlife!).
Arguably the bells at the end of the film are striking midnight.
In the movie “Auntie Mame” - the version with Rosalind Russell (far superior than the Lucille Ball one - but I digress) - the “We Need A Little Christmas” is before Christmas - but definitely in the season.
Randy Newman once said that Irving Berlin was the greatest Jew since Moses. He took the two most important Christian holidays, and turned one into a weather report (“White Christmas”), and the other into a fashion show (“Easter Parade”)!