Saturday, July 14, 2012

15-Day Challenge: Day 14 Fav Movies

Sar's 15-Day Challenge is winding down...woo hoo! While I've really enjoyed having someone else pick the blog topics, and it's been lots of fun to read everyone's answers to the prompts, I'm ready for the challenge to end. But what will I blog about now?

[14] If you were only allowed to watch one movie for the rest of your life,what movie would it be and why?

Today's prompt asks for one movie, but I have to say that I can't pick just I won't. But I can pick a particular type of movie, and I choose heartwarming, feel-good, make-you-smile movies. Particularly if that's all I can watch! I'm always looking for that happy ending that tugs at my heartstrings. I choose upbeat stories that make me smile, because that's how I want to face life! Here are a few of my favorites.

White Christmas (1954)
starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen
A successful song-and-dance team becomes involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn owned of their former commanding general.

This movie contains one of my favorite songs "Sisters". And I still get emotional every time the ex-servicemen put on their uniforms and "follow the old man wherever he wants to go." Bing Crosby was the bigger star, but Danny Kaye steals every scene he's in. Great singing and wonderful dancing. Definitely a feel-good movie.

Pollyanna (1960)
starring Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden & Richard Egan
A cheerful orphan changes the outlook of a small town.

Hayley Mills (Miss Bliss on Saved By The Bell) won a Juvenile Academy Award for her role as the orphan, Pollyanna, who is determined to see the best in life. Pollyanna teaches others to play a game her father taught her, and uses "The Glad Game" to find the silver lining in any situation. Upbeat and heartwarming.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
starring Maureen O'hara, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood & John Payne
An old man claiming to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane. A young lawyer attempts to get him released by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

I love watching gorgeous Natalie Wood as the little girl who starts out cynical, but comes to believe in Santa Claus. This movie has some great scenes: the psychologist who tries to determine if the old man is sane; the owners of Macy's and Gimbels as they try to outdo each other during the Christmas season; the judge who wants to say Santa is not real, but feels the pressure of his own children in the courtroom. Fun to watch.



  1. I love each of these, too. Speaking of the great Maureen O'Hara and heartwarming movies I could see over and over, I watched the original "Parent Trap" the other day. If I notice that it's on tv, I sit down and get caught up. Again and again. I can't walk away. It's hard to beat O'Hara, Brian Keith, and Hayley Mills (twice). Let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah. (do you remember we had that record? Flip side, the non-hit "Cobbler, Cobbler."

  2. ooooooo good picks! I recently watched White Christmas (yes in the middle of the summer)! Such a good movie it must be played more than just at Christmas!

  3. I love White Christmas (I sing it all year, every year!) and how do you feel about the remastered Miracle on 34th street in color? Every time I put it on I think I'll like it, and then go back to black and white. (I like the modern version too, but not the classic in color.

  4. Miracle on 34th Street is a classic--I introduced my husband to it the first Christmas we were married!

  5. Oh goodness. My mom used to start watching Christmas movies in July every year so she kinda ruined Christmas movies and music for me. But I did love them when she would put them on or they were on TV.

    xoxo Amber