December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas, Mr Scrooge, in keeping with the situation.. we sail into Christmas day, The War Planner and Mrs War Planner will be plying the routes of commerce tomorrow in order to shore up some loose ends, lumps-of-coal-in-the-stocking-wise. So we may very well be in our cups by the time Santa negotiates the DEW line to consume all of the cookies and milk (or, liverwurst sammiches and cold bottle of Spaten Pils set out by the more thoughtful households). Consequently, I wanted to wish all you out there a very merry Christmas and/or politically correct happily joyous RamaHanaKwanzaaMas observance to the supreme deity of your choice.

In the spirit of Christmas, therefore, I present for your enjoyment my absolute favorite scene from one of the best old time Christmas movies: Scrooge, made in 1951 and starring Alastair Sim in the title role. see further adventures of Scrooge's heartwarming rehabilitation, herewith is the conclusion of that wonderful movie.

You can have your Bing Crosby and Jimmy Stewart Yuletide flicks, these scenes -- guaranteed -- bring a tear to my eye and what vestige of Christmas spirit that can be wrung out of this over-commercialized season even in the bleakest of years.

Of course, my modern day favorite would have to be Dennis Leary's The Ref, a cynical sure-fire cure for those treacly, saccharine-induced diabetic comas that this time of year serves up.

NEXT FILM REVIEW: The War Planner reviews famous Boxing Day movies for the only holiday less well known and less well observed than Ground Hog Day. So I am thinking, what, The Champ, Rocky I, II, III, IV, V, VI, MCMLXII,  whatever:

In the mean time, chug-a-lug that egg nog and roast them chestnuts!



  1. That's my favorite version of "A Christmas Carol." My family and I just watched it again a few days ago. Dickens' original "A Christmas Carol" is actually one of my all-time favorite stories, for any season. It reminds us of what we should be like every day of the year.

    So, Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one!

  2. "..oh, I don't deserve to be so happy."

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Are you fixing some bubbles and squeak for Boxing Day?

  4. Merry Christmas, ladies and gentlemen.

    ..bangers and mash, most likely, Supi, and probably down a snifter or two of Gilbey's or Beefeater gin in honor of the venerable Odie!

  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a Happy & Healthy New Year.