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    Holiday films will be presented Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM and Wednesday at 7 PM. Admission is free with a suggested toy donation to benefit The Open Shelter. Sponsored by Oldies 93.3.

    Holiday Inn (1942)

    December 3 & 4 at 2pm, December 7 at 7pm

    Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim’s supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. As with most of Irving Berlin’s musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of HOLIDAY INN are too numerous to mention.

    It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

    December 10 & 11 at 2pm, December 14 at 7pm

    George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of his town and preventing rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse. Thinking his wife and children will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George.

    The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

    December 17 & 18 at 2pm, December 21 at 7pm

    Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. Directed with comic delicacy by Ernst Lubitsch, this was later remade in 1998 as YOU’VE GOT MAIL.

    White Christmas (1954)

    December 24 & 25 at 2pm, December 28 at 7pm

    After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.

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