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Friday, January 7, 2011

Morrissey...and Christmas?

One of my best Christmas gifts this year was Simon Goddard's new book Mozipedia. I just can't put this book down! There's more here than anyone should ever want to know about Morrissey and The Smiths yet it's my favorite new thing.

Something I've learned from this book is that while Morrissey takes the view that Christmas is 'very annoying,' (see Mozipedia p. 72 under the listing Christmas), he has also claimed two popular Christmas-themed movies as those among his favorite films. They just so happen to be two of my favorite movies as well.

According to p. 72 of Mozipedia, Morrissey lists Christmas in Connecticut as one of his favorites. No wonder, this 1945 film starring Barbara Stanwyck has been a Hollywood classic for decades. I previously wrote about Barbara Stanwyck's participation in Christmas programs on this blog. Click on the link to read that posting again --> Barbara Stanwyck.

Check out the original trailer for 1945's Christmas in Connecticut

And, according to p. 245 of Mozipedia, Morrissey also names 1942's The Man Who Came to Dinner on the list of his favorite films. This too is a classic Hollywood film that is still popular enough to be shown every year on Turner Classic Movies channel--as is Christmas in Connecticut. Though actor Monty Woolley plays the title character in The Man Who Came to Dinner, it also stars Bette Davis in a rare comedic role. I wrote about this movie last year. Click on the link to read that posting again --> The Guest That Would Never Leave.

The original trailer for 1942's The Man Who Came to Dinner--though it doesn't reflect the chaos and fun of the storyline.

I have to listen to the Smiths' song 'Cemetry Gates' again (it's on The Queen is Dead album). Apparently the lyrics refer to this movie--so says Mozipedia.

What did you get for Christmas?

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