Thanksgiving is only a few days away. It brings many memories and traditions. Food, family, America, and the home are all synonymous with this day of giving thanks. Thanksgiving brings many people memories of old movies, which are beloved during the holiday season. There is a huge list of wonderful Code Christmas films. There are a few Thanksgiving films, however, which are always charming to see. Here is a list of the ones of which we could think. Please add any Code movies with Thanksgiving scenes which I missed:
1. Holiday Inn (1942): This is the perfect film for every holiday. It begins on Christmas Eve and features New Year’s Eve, Lincoln’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Washington’s Birthday, Easter, and, of course, Thanksgiving. It is notable in the fact that it features one of the only real Thanksgiving songs, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for. Bing Crosby makes droll comments about his own recording of the song playing on the phonograph while he carves a turkey they call Mr. Jones. Fred Astaire adds to the classic dynamic of this fantastic holiday classic, which is full of songs, dances, and old-fashioned charm.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947): This wonderful Christmas classic about faith, trust, and the true Christmas spirit begins on Thanksgiving Day. The famous Macy’s parade provides the opening for the film and the introduction of the lovable Kris Kringle, who is hired to play Santa Claus in the parade when the regular man is drunk. That same day, the kind neighbor, Mr. Gailey, is invited to spend Thanksgiving dinner with a beautiful divorced mother and her charming daughter. A beautiful, touching story ensues, featuring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and a young Natalie Wood.
3. The Miracle on 34th Street (1955): This is a television adaption of the 1947 film. It was the Christmas episode of The Twentieth Century Fox Hour television show. It features Macdonald Carey, Theresa Wright, and Thomas Mitchell. If you love the story, you may want to see this.
4. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953): This is one of the best Thanksgiving movies, since it does not extend to Christmas. This is the sequel to the World War I Christmas movie On Moonlight Bay. Marjorie Winfield, the beautiful but tomboyish daughter of a mid-Western banker, is perfectly played by Doris Day. Gordon MacRae plays her soldier fiancé returning from the War, who thinks they should save a nest egg before marrying. As many charming complications and misapprehensions ensue, her younger brother Wesley, played by Billy Gray, faces a crisis as his pet turkey is about to become Thanksgiving dinner! Lots of lovely songs add Old World charm to this holiday musical.
5. Rascal (1969): Even though the Code was officially dead in 1969, this charming Disney film was made in the style of the Breen era. Since there is nothing in this film to which I or Mr. Breen could object, I have decided to include it in this article. Bill Mumy convincingly plays a motherless Wisconsin boy from the turn of the century who adopts an abandoned baby raccoon. The sentimental film follows Sterling’s adventures with his beloved varmint, Rascal, and his lovable dog, Wowser. Although the film mainly focuses on their summer fun, it has a notable sequence when Sterling’s father and sister come home for Thanksgiving.
We are very thankful for the three followers of our column. We are thankful for the wonderful time of the Code and the grand films it gave us. We are thankful that we can relive that time through the films. We are especially thankful that we have a way to change the films of the future. Please help us. We will be truly thankful if more people follow our column and sign our petition. Happy Thanksgiving!
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