Christmas is a time of sharing, off and on the screen, and a lot of holiday joy has been preserved in movies.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has appeared in live action and animation. And of course there's "White Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street." Full of warmth and good cheer, these movies give us the chance to catch the holiday spirit all year round. But like candy canes, they don't taste as sweet as they do at Christmas.
So curl up by the Christmas tree and sample the joy the movies have given us. Or if you're with someone, sit under the mistletoe. And don't worry if you hear sleigh bells overhead. He already has a copy of this article. 1. Now, we all remember Errol Flynn as the dashing Robin Hood. But in which movie did Flynn put on a Santa Claus suit?
A -- "Never Say Goodbye"
B -- "Christmas Holiday"
C -- "O'Henry's Full House" 2. In "Miracle on 34th Street," Edmund Gwenn was Santa Claus. But who played the part of the lawyer who was Santa's friend? (He was the one who asked Santa if he slept with his whiskers over or under the covers.)
A -- Dan Dailey
B -- John Agar
C -- John Payne 3. Even as an outlaw, John Wayne couldn't be a bad guy. After robbing a bank, the Duke saved a baby by carrying it through barren land and into town on Christmas Day. The movie was:
A -- "The Searchers"
B -- "Three Godfathers"
C -- "Legend of the Lost" 4. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye filled the screen with song and dance as they gave a retired general the gift of hope in "White Christmas." Do you remember who played the general?
A -- James Gleason
B -- Dean Jagger
C -- Robert Ryan 5. Bad times come even to the best of us, and Santa Claus is no exception. He had the misfortune of traveling through space in one of the worst movies ever made. It was:
A -- "Santa's Race to the Moon"
B -- "Santa Claus in Outer Space"
C -- "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" 6. David Niven and Loretta Young received heavenly help in the Christmas tale "The Bishop's Wife." Can you name the actor who played the helpful angel?
A -- Cary Grant
B -- Maurice Chevalier
C -- William Powell 7. On Christmas Eve, George Bailey's guardian angel gives him the chance to see how things would have been if he'd never been born. The movie is "It's A Wonderful Life." Who played the part of George Bailey?
A -- Gary Cooper
B -- Fredric March
C -- James Stewart 8. Bing Crosby and "White Christmas" are a Christmas tradition. You can't think of one without the other. But in which movie did Bing first sing this yuletide classic?
A -- "Holiday Inn"
B -- "White Christmas"
C -- "Christmas in Connecticut" 9. In the 1951 version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," who starred as Scrooge?
A -- Alec Guinness
B -- Alistair Sim
C -- Albert Finney 10. Judy Garland brought a truly magical moment to the screen when she sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Do you remember the movie in which she sang it?
A -- "Till the Clouds Roll By"
B -- "Love Finds Andy Hardy"
C -- "Meet Me in St. Louis" 1. A -- "Never Say Goodbye." I know Errol wouldn't forget Maid Marian, but do you suppose he left anything in the Sheriff of Nottingham's stocking? 2. C -- John Payne. And by the way, Santa sleeps with his whiskers over the covers. The night air makes them grow. 3. B -- "Three Godfathers." Along with Wayne, the other two godfathers in the title were Harry Carey Jr. and Pedro Armendariz. 4. B -- Dean Jagger. This fine actor won an Oscar as best supporting actor for a full military role in "Twelve O'Clock High." 5. C -- "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." No points, but a hearty sigh to anyone who remembers the words to this movie's main song, "Hooray for Santy Claus." 6. A -- Cary Grant was the angel. And he received humorous support from Monty Woolley and Elsa Lanchester. 7. C -- James Stewart. "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of Frank Capra's first movies. From Donna Reed to Ward Bond, the entire cast is superb, especially Henry Travers as the guardian angel. 8. A -- "Holiday Inn." Bing sang the songs and Fred Astaire danced. Now that's what I call entertainment! 9. B -- Alistair Sim. His transformation of Scrooge from a skinflint to a twinkling elf is absoulutely charming. This movie is one of the nicest Christmas presents England ever gave us. 10. C -- "Meet Me In St. Louis." If you can't do that, at least have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!