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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:42 am 
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1) Run For Your Life - Time and a Half on Christmas Eve


Every Christmas special should have an extended go-go dancer scene.


Marlboro,
Hey, if a run down joint on Christmas Eve was good enough for George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life it's good enough for Ben Gazzara and Ernie Borgnine.
Actually there's more truth about the human condition and grace or the lack of same in this gritty story of a poor slob cab driver(think a Marty gone to seed if Clara had left him and he lost the butcher shop) than in your typical Christmas episode. There's a lot going on here, such as, is the series star Paul, a highly intelligent attorney bemused by his driver, really any better off than Borgnine's shabby cabby when both wind up alone in a 3rd rate joint, with no loved ones in their lives?
Not forgetting of course Paul has only one year to live, but what choices did he make with that deadline in mind that none the less found him in such circumstances?
A scene near the very end suggests that while they drew the same seemingly doomed hand, Paul is still in the game and hoping to improve his in the draw while the cabby is just going to fold.
In the last few years this episode has caught on with many tv bloggers/historians and has garnered a lot of interest generally. Well worth catching.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:55 pm 
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Is that Garfield movie the one with the old lady and the letters? God, I haven't thought of that in 30 years.


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That Linda Hamilton movie looks interesting. I may give that one a shot

You should. I guess there's even a Magnum connection. The real life little boy(Fritz) grew up to run a bakery in Honolulu!

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In the pilot episode of Little House there is a portion that takes place on Christmas. The kids receive very small presents like a tin cup and a single candy cane or something.

I don't remember the episode, but that's straight out of Wilder's books.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:13 am 
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One of my all time favorites...A Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) featuring Magnum's own Buzz Benoit (Dick Shawn) as the Snow Mixer.

https://youtu.be/_SGlPnA_iCk

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:08 pm 
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Hard to keep a list like this short...

Movies;
A Christmas Story
It's a Wonderful Life
Christmas Vacation

Ron Howard's How The Grinch Stole Christmas
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The Polar Express...In I-Max and 3-D as when it first was released, amazing!

TV.
It doesn't get much better than the Twilight Zone episode with Art Carney..

The Night of The Meek

If you see it is going to be on, watch it and see some of the best writing and acting in the history of television...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:44 am 
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Anybody remember A Claymation Christmas Celebration [1987]?

It was made by Will Vinton, the guy who did the California raisins stuff and that claymation mark Twain movie.


It's on Dailymotion:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3dwrqo


I like the We Three Kings portion for some reason.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:33 am 
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My list is fairly short, and offbeat . . .

- Die Hard
- Year Without a Santa Claus
- The Sound of Music (that's a Christmas movie for me)
- Lethal Weapon
- The Ref
- Operation: Silent Night
- Mad About You - Met Someone
- Scrubs - My Own Personal Jesus
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:58 am 
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ConchRepublican wrote:
My list is fairly short, and offbeat . . .

- Die Hard
- Year Without a Santa Claus
- The Sound of Music (that's a Christmas movie for me)
- Lethal Weapon
- The Ref
- Operation: Silent Night
- Mad About You - Met Someone
- Scrubs - My Own Personal Jesus
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends
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I love both the Die Hard series and the Lethal Weapon series. I agree that LW1 works great as a Christmas movie.

And, I'm a Mad About You fan too -- I should add that ep to my annual viewing.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:48 pm 
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I ended up watching:

Three's Company: Three's Christmas (1977)
Scrooge (1951)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
WKRP: Bah Humbug (1980)
Starman: The Gift (1986)

Surprisingly, I didn't see any Magnum. Oh well, there's always next year.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:54 am 
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WKRP: Bah Humbug (1980)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:58 pm 
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Ha! I'll have to watch that episode next Thanksgiving.
(Canadian Thanksgiving, of course - not that delayed American one :P )


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