John Davison’s All-Time Favorite Christmas Movie [VIDEO]
Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie or show. Mine was an obscure movie that was made in Italy in 1966. I’m wondering how many of you remember ‘The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t.’
Some of my earliest memories is going to see this movie with my Dad in the 1970’s. It would come to the Riviera Theater in Downtown Binghamton. It would magically appear every year and when Dad couldn’t take me, my sister Nancy would. I would sit in the Old Stone Opera House balcony with a huge bag of popcorn and get lost in this movie. The crazy thing is, I still remember every song.
In the movie, Phineas T. Prune is an old miser who holds a crazy deed to the North Pole. With Santa behind on his rent, Prune tries to evict the jolly man, Mrs. Claus and the over worked elves. But Santa asks Sam Whipple and area children for help to save Christmas.
The movie was popular in theaters in the mid to late 1960’s to 1970’s and then disappeared. In the 1980’s the film resurfaced on HBO. Today it streams on Netflix. I found it a few years back on DVD.
It’s a great family movie. Even the Simpsons gave it some attention on one of their Christmas specials. Isn’t it funny how sometimes the best movies are those lost treasures that become new again? In my home, it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.
Here’s the preview from ‘The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t‘…
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