The Best of the Oldest Movies

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

With dozens and dozens of movies made since 1898 about Christmas, there is one probably forgotten if ever it was known. The one-minute long silent movie, "Santa Claus," shows a nanny tucking two children in bed, the arrival of Santa and then his disappearance. Here are other classics that are still shown each year at this time.

Holiday Inn (1942)

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire danced their way across the screen and Crosby sang Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" for the first time on screen.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Clarence the Angel helps George Bailey, a discouraged businessman in Bedford Falls, by showing him what his life would be like if he had never existed. The Frank Capra classic starred James Stewart and Donna Reed and Henry Travers as Clarence.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Christmas and Macy's Santa are put on trial when a man claims to be the real Santa and restores a little girl's faith. Stars of the movie were Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn.

Scrooge (1951)

Dickens' ghostly take on Christmas starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. Also known as A Christmas Carol, this version is believed to be the very best.

White Christmas (1954)

This American musical comedy, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, was based on the 1942 film Holiday Inn. The songs of Irving Berlin are featured, including a new version of "White Christmas."