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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 World War II trials.

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Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as Anatole De Grunwald)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Richardson ... Rev. Martin Gregory
Celia Johnson ... Jenny Gregory
Margaret Leighton ... Margaret Gregory
Denholm Elliott ... Michael Gregory
John Gregson ... David Paterson
Hugh Williams ... Richard Wyndham
Margaret Halstan Margaret Halstan ... Aunt Lydia
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Aunt Bridget (as Maureen Delany)
William Hartnell ... C / Sgt. Major
Robert Flemyng ... Major
Roland Culver ... Lord B.
John Barry John Barry ... Clubman
Dandy Nichols ... Neighbour
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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 World War II trials.

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christmas | See All (1) »

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nosso Natal em Família See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wynyard Browne's original play opened at London's Duchess Theatre in 1950. Maureen Delaney and Margaret Halstan reprised their stage roles for this movie. 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 »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: When you're in love, you mustn't let anything stand in the way.
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Version of The Holly and the Ivy (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy
(uncredited)
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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The best Christmas picture
1 April 2005 | by noriseSee all my reviews

Please, please, somebody get this superb movie on North American DVD or VHS. We need this film at Christmas time and always. Straight from the heart to the heart. To add even greater meaning to this fabulous treat, do some research about the symbolism of the holly and the ivy and consider the lyrics and tune of the Christmas carol. Personally, I've always thought of the two wonderful aunts as representing the holly and ivy of Christmas lore, probably with the priest's sister being the holly and his sister-in-law the ivy. Of course, they represent much more than the masculine and feminine principles: poorness vs richness, bitterness vs gratitude, disappointment vs hope, negative vs positive, pessimism vs optimism. All of these oppositions are worked out beautifully by the perfectly cast and capable actresses playing the aunts. A masterpiece!


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