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1947, Park Circus, 109 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

When a bishop (David Niven) trying to build a cathedral prays for divine guidance, he gets it in the form of a charismatic angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Focused on raising construction funds, the bishop neglects many things - including his wife (Loretta Young), to whom Dudley is eventually drawn. This delightful Christmastime comedy was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Sound.

1967, MGM Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Delbert Mann

Dick Van Dyke stars as Claude Fitzwilliam, the head butler to philanthropist Miss Vicki (Edith Evans). When it becomes apparent that his beloved employer is completely broke, Fitzwilliam concocts a scheme to steal from the rich and give to Miss Vicki. With Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) as Juliet, who is hired to manage Miss Vicki’s phonetic “Dictionary for Dopes” and falls for the heroic butler.

1934, 77 min, USA, Dir: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers

The Victor Herbert operetta was adapted as a musical comedy vehicle for funnyman duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and it remains as fantastically fresh and entertaining as when it was first released. In addition to the whimsical slapstick hijinks supplied by the boys, the fantasy elements are especially well-handled with the march of the wooden soldiers and the shivery climactic invasion of the bogeymen emerging as memorable highlights.

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