My husband got me George Michael’s Faith Video Collection on VHS for Christmas 2016. The Christmas that George Michael died.
"Meet Me in St. Louis" lives on as one of Judy Garland's most iconic films. A technicolor holiday classic even though only about 25 minutes of the movie takes places at Christmas. "Meet Me in St. Louis" marks the debut of the now holiday standard, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Garland owns that song now and forever.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” influenced a number of future filmmakers. The Halloween sequence with Tootie and Agnes would inspire the color scheme of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978, and Woody Allen would update the six-month family tale to 1996 Manhattan in his movie musical "Everyone Says I Love You."
Upon its release, "Miracle on 34th Street" is deemed "morally objectable" by the Catholic Legion of Decency - true-believers on a mission from a motion picture hating god. They hated the soon-to-be Holiday classic because Maureen O'Hara's character was a divorcee with a little girl. Heavens to Betsy, I do declare. Natalie Wood plays O'Hara's daughter, the non-believing Susan. In real life, Wood still believes in Santa: “I guess I had an inkling that maybe it wasn’t so, but I really did think that Edmund Gwenn was Santa." Gwenn wins the Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Macy's Santa Claus. "I had never seen him without his beard because he used to come in early in the morning and spend several hours putting on this wonderful beard and mustache. And at the end of the shoot, when we had a set party, I saw this strange man, without the beard, and I just couldn’t get it together.”