12.25.2012 - Holiday Movies and Urantia & Jesus Discussed
In the first half of the show, Hollywood tour guide Stephen Schochet discussed little known facts about favorite holiday movies and specials including It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The film It's a Wonderful Life did poor box office when it first came out, and it was a surprise to the filmmakers' when it turned out to be a perennial holiday favorite, he noted. The trailers for it didn't highlight the supernatural or Christmas themes of the movie-- they were trying to pass it off as a romantic comedy, he added. Further, It's a Wonderful Life, which was released in 1946, was accused by some of being pro-communist because it made a negative statement about a banker. Twentieth Century Fox initially resisted the idea for Miracle on 34th Street because they didn't buy the idea of Santa in a courtroom, Schochet detailed. Charles Schultz and Doctor Seuss were protective of their characters, Peanuts and the Grinch, respectively, when it came to developing TV specials around them. Seuss had an earlier bad experience with Hollywood and was particularly apprehensive about how Chuck Jones was putting the special together, including having Boris Karloff voice the Grinch, though he was relieved when it was a big hit, Schochet recounted. Interestingly, both Grinch and Charlie Brown presented anti-commercial Christmas themes. ------------------------------------------ In the latter half, student of ...