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1988, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

In this hilarious updated version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a selfish, cynical TV executive visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. With Karen Allen and John Forsythe.

1984, Universal, 106 min, USA, Dir: Bill Forsyth

Recently dumped and pining for some yuletide affection in the days leading up to Christmas, Glasgow radio DJ Alan "Dickie" Bird (Bill Paterson) spots a cute girl sitting in the back of a Mr. Bunny ice cream truck, and follows the vendor vehicle through a tunnel. Much like Alice descending into the rabbit hole, Dickie's curiosity leads him into a world of complete absurdity as he gets caught in the gooey crossfire of an ice cream truck turf war. With Clare Grogan, Alex Norton and Roberto Bernardi.

1944, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

A troubled singer (Deanna Durbin) spends a stormy night in New Orleans spinning a tale of woe for a broken-hearted soldier: She married a mama’s boy who's locked up in prison, but she still carries a torch for him. Siodmak cleverly unfolds W. Somerset Maugham's backtracking story, while Gene Kelly (!) uses his avuncular charm to mask a murderous streak. A wickedly delightful alternative to proper Yuletide fare.

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