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The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 4 February 1954 (USA)
A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

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Rev. Martin Gregory
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Jenny Gregory
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Margaret Gregory
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Michael Gregory
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David Paterson
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Richard Wyndham
Margaret Halstan ...
Aunt Lydia
Maureen Delaney ...
Aunt Bridget (as Maureen Delany)
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Company Sergeant Major
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Major
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Lord B.
John Barry ...
Clubman
Dandy Nichols ...
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A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

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Nosso Natal em Família  »

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Trivia

Wynyard Browne's original play opened at London's Duchess Theatre in 1950. Maureen Delaney and Margaret Halsan repeat their stage roles for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Aunt Bridget hands her landlady a photograph of her nephew Michael (Denholm Elliott) from the sideboard it's a different one. The close up shot of the photo shows him in uniform as opposed to civilian dress on the sideboard. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Andrew Klavan Show: Episode #1.436 (2017) See more »

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The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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One of the best Christmas movies ever made!
28 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Christmas movies seem to multiply like the commercial world's "Season's Greetings"--and most of them are just as hollow and pointless. This is an exception, British cinema at its best. "The Holly and the Ivy" is an emotional roller coaster that leaves you wanting more.

Members of a family assemble to celebrate Christmas in the home of their father, a widowed Anglican clergyman. Various ones have gone through painful experiences of one kind or another. And all have concealed the details from their father on the assumption that he wouldn't understand "because he's a parson." The shattering explosions that occur as bits of the truth begin to be revealed are memorable. Forget about the endless fantasies, flying reindeer and dancing snowmen. This is a real Christmas about real people. The resolution at the end may come a little too quickly, but it is satisfying.

See this movie if you can find it--and urge the powers that be to re-issue it on DVD.


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