The Holly and the Ivy

One of my favorite Christmas movies. Produced in England in 1952, there is no sentimentality here. The story is raw and engaging. Clergy will hear the echoes of their lives  in the frustration and doubts expressed by the Parson who is brilliantly portrayed by Ralph Richardson. This movie was censored in the United States because too many of the characters do not believe in God and say so. The ending does not resolve their unbelief. It is a brilliant snapshot of another time that reminds us that the good old days never really where. I love this film’s honest unresolved angst. Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “The Holly and the Ivy

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  2. I want to thank you so much for uploading The Holly and the Ivy from 1952. One of my favourite all time movies. I ordered it from a U$ company last month and got burned the DVD as blank. Never gets any air play here in Canada … been about twenty years since I saw it last… sharing your link with a friend this weekend for movie night! MERRY CHRISTMAS! from Tim in Canada!

  3. Thank you so much. This is my family’s favourite Christmas film. Thanks Timothy for warning about DVD. Merry Christmas!

  4. I just learned about this movie a few days ago. The only reason I found your site is cause you have the only full free copy online. I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

  5. Thank you so much for uploading this. I heard of this movie only a few days back and was eager to watch it – and it is every bit as good as I’d heard it was. What a thought-provoking and real movie this is, not like the usual Christmas movie.

  6. One of my favorite Christmas movies but very hard to find. I thought I had my own copy but now it turns out I don’t. I went trolling online for it and found the only decent version was here! For once a Christmas movie for adults, though I do think I find it somewhat more optimistic than you.

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