Worthwhile Christmas movie you won’t find on TV

“What I love about Christmas movies is that I feel like there’s just this magical glow about them, because they provide us with an incredible world into which we get to escape.”
Soleil Moon Frye, an actor, author and director whose most recent project is the Lifetime movie, “Staging Christmas,” in 2019.

I wholeheartedly concur.

And thank you, Soleil, for calling them what they are: Christmas movies.

Just before Thanksgiving the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released their massive TV Christmas movie guide. What I’m about to share isn’t on that list. And that’s too bad.

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That’s Loretta Young, a star from Hollywood’s Golden Age.  She made nearly 100 movies, playing opposite all the romantic heroes like Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, and Tyrone Power.  Her resume included modeling for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.

Exposure? She had it by the tons. Even so Young preferred the public consider her as a wholesome, upstanding Catholic.

Her theatrical career lasted from 1917 to 1953. What happened in 1953? She did a TV series until 1961, but acting in films stopped in 1953. For quite some time.

Then in 1986 Young came out retirement after 33 years to do a TV movie where she played a wealthy lovable do-gooder, only to be thwarted by her evil, conniving, money-driven son.

I won’t provide any spoilers. I will say that when the movie was broadcast on network TV in late December 1986 I watched in my mom’s living room with her. Mom couldn’t believe how Young had aged, but at the same time couldn’t believe how good Young looked.

In 1987, Young won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

It’s that good, and sadly, not available on TV for probably some contractual agreement (s).

Here you go. If not now, save and watch at your leisure before Christmas. Really, really good. I’d say better than any Hallmark presentation. My mom and I loved it, that December night, 33 years ago.

 

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