Everyone has their favorite Christmas movies. Young or old most of us like a good flick that has heart and substance. Sure, a big explosion in an action movie might be what we prefer most of the time, but during the holidays we mellow a bit and look for something with a little more substance, something the whole family can enjoy watching together.
Sean Thornton (John Wayne, Sands of Iwo Jima), an American boxer with a tragic past, returns to the Irish town of his youth. There, he purchases his childhood home and falls in love with the fiery local lass, Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara, Rio Grande). But Kate's insistence that Sean conduct his courtship in a proper Irish manner with matchmaker Michaleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way) along for the ride as chaperone is but one obstacle to their future together; the other is her brother, “Red” Danaher (Victor McLaglen, Rio Grande), who spitefully refuses to give his consent to their marriage, or to honor the tradition of paying a dowry to the husband. Sean couldn't care less about dowries or any other tradition that might stand in the way of his happiness. But when Mary Kate accuses him of being a coward, Sean is finally ready to take matters into his own hands.
Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Rio Bravo was filmed on location at Old Tucson Studios outside Tucson, Arizona in Technicolor.
New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights... in On The Town, and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.
Easter is coming and soon the eggs will be boiled and the hunts will begin. But you need look no further for something fun to watch this holiday weekend. We Flashback (to a Judy Garland and Fred Astaire) Classic, Easter Parade (1948).
Columbia Pictures (Sony) is doing another version of Little Women (no release date or details yet), which is Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March -- grow up in post-Civil War America, it was originally published in two separate volumes in 1868 and 1869.