Saturday, January 08, 2011

Another Loretta Young Christmas Film

10-4 Willy


Guest post written by my buddy Brian Workman

The wonderful Loretta Young came out of retirement in 1986 to make a holiday TV film called Christmas Eve. This very simple film quickly became my favorite Christmas movie ever, and that says a lot considering all the outstanding and well known holiday films that are out there.

Young, however, was a highly talented actress who cared deeply about her roles. It was a big deal when she agreed to do this picture. Just knowing she was in it told me it was going to be a very classy movie, and it was. When I saw it again on satellite TV from the other night, I was simply delighted.

I love stories that show that family is more important than anything, and I adore those where simple faith is at the center. In Christmas Eve, Young plays Amanda Kingsley, who has a last wish, that of seeing her grandchildren once again.

The kids are grown, but they've all left home and are estranged from their father, Andrew Kingsley, Amanda's brother. That role is played by Arthur Hill, another fine actor.

Amanda hires a private detective to track down the three children, and that's where the faith comes in. No one believes he'll find them and even if he did, they don't believe the kids will show up.

There's much more to the story. It's worth watching.

1 comment:

Sandee said...

Sounds like a great movie Willy. If you like it then I'd bet I would like it too.

Have a great day. :)