I actually, literally cannot believe it’s December. Like, what happened? Is this even allowed? Anyway, Christmas is (almost) here and I bring you four families from beloved classics that I would love to spend Christmas with:
The Lords, The Philadelphia Story (1940) – Let’s face it, Christmas with this lot would be filled with zingers, passive-aggressive insults, and a whooole lot of champagne and caviar. Because if that disastrous wedding is anything to go by, the Lords know how to throw a party! Invite Miss Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) and Mike Connor (Jimmy Stewart) again and you’ve got yourself one hell of a festive season.
The Bullocks, My Man Godfrey (1936) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Bullocks are the craziest screwball family ever. You’ve got Mom Angelica (Alice Brady), whose only concern is her flamboyant protégé Carlo (Misha Auer), Dad Alex (Eugene Palette), who can’t stand his family’s shenanigans, eldest daughter Cornelia (Gail Patrick), the snotty brat of the family and youngest daughter Irene (Carole Lombard), an adorable airhead who falls in love with their butler Godfrey (William Powell) after ‘winning’ him in a scavenger hunt. Phew! Yes please.
The Smiths, Meet me in St Louis (1944) – Meet me in St Louis is my all-time favorite musical. A few years ago, I wrote about some of my favorite things about it, and I think the Smiths are one of the reasons why it’s such a great film. The love, friendship and camaraderie between them all is heart-warming. It is also partly a Christmas movie, so it all works out.
The Setons, Holiday (1938) – The third film Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn made together and the loveliest, Holiday is another festive gem, about the love triangle between Johnny Case (Grant), Julia Seton (Doris Nolan) and her sister Linda Seton (Hepburn). Despite their enormous wealth and endless family drama, the Setons are a loving and supportive family, not to mention that they live in what is probably my favorite house in film history! *drools*