Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

Hollywood pioneer Mary Pickford makes Christmas official, 1920s.

Hollywood pioneer Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979) b. Gladys Smith, makes Christmas official, 1920s.

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, via newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America.

Seraphic Secret—Karen and I—are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only kosher food. Our lives and values are built around the Torah, written and oral. But we enjoy this season, and honor Christmas. We shudder at the relentless postmodern assault on this most Christian of holidays. We want America to remain a steadfastly Judeo-Christian country, for without G-d individual liberty vanishes, replaced, inevitably, by a powerful centralized state, the cult of personality, and various forms of paganism currently exemplified by climate change (AKA the weather) fanatics.

We urge everyone to pray for the Christians who are being murdered, tortured and oppressed by genocidal Islamists all across the Middle East and Africa.

Here’s a sample of Hollywood and Christmas as it used to be.

Even Louise Brooks, a confirmed atheist, cooperated with Hollywood's Christmas spirit.

Even Louise Brooks (1906 – 1985), a confirmed atheist, cooperated with Hollywood’s Christmas spirit.

 

Jobyna Ralston 1899 –1967) co-starred with the great silent comedian Harold Lloyd in seven wonderful films.

Jobyna Ralston (1899 –1967) co-starred with the great silent comedian Harold Lloyd in seven wonderful films.

 

Silent star Marceline Day (1908 - 2000). Day is probably best recalled for her role as Sally Richards in the superb 1928 Buster Keaton comedy “The Cameraman.”

Silent star Marceline Day (1908 – 2000) b. Marceline Newlan, is probably best recalled for her role as Sally Richards in the superb 1928 Buster Keaton comedy “The Cameraman.”

 

Shirley Temple (1928 - 2014) gets into the Christmas spirit.

Shirley Temple (1928 – 2014) gets into the Christmas spirit. After her death a shocking number of obituaries made light of her post Hollywood career as an important conservative Republican activist. She was U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992. Temple forged a particularly close relationships with Vaclav Havel. She is also credited with helping the Velvet Revolution against Communist tyranny by openly sympathizing with the anti-communist dissidents. Shirley Temple Black was a great actress and a great American. Seraphic Secret regularly screens her films for our grandchildren.

 

This is a silent film title from “It” (1927) the film that mad Clara Bow a Hollywood super star.

This is an intertitle from “It” (1927) the film that made Clara Bow (1905 – 1965) a star. Bow was a tragic figure, she almost certainly suffered from bipolar disease.

 

Priscilla Lane (1915 - 1995) the youngest of the Lane sisters is best remembered for her roles in The Roaring Twenties (1939) co-starring with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart; Saboteur (1942), an Alfred Hitchcock film in which she plays the heroine; and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), in which she co-stars with Cary Grant.

Priscilla Lane (1915 – 1995) b. Priscilla Mullican, the youngest of the Lane sisters is best remembered for her roles in “The Roaring Twenties” (1939) with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” (1942), and “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944), in which she co-stars with Cary Grant.

 

Maureen O'Sullivan (1911- 1998) the Irish born actress is best known for playing the fetching Jane in the “Tarzan” series starring Johnny Weissmuller.

Maureen O’Sullivan (1911 – 1998)  decorates her personal Christmas tree. The Irish born actress is best known for playing the fetching Jane in six “Tarzan” movies starring Johnny Weissmuller, produced between 1932 and 1942.

 

Rita Hayworth (1918 - 1987) strikes a uniquely chaste pose considering she was one of Hollywood's most alluring sex symbols.

Rita Hayworth (1918 – 1987) b. Margarita Carmen Cansino, strikes a surprisingly chaste pose considering she was one of Hollywood’s most alluring sex symbols.

 

Cyd Charisse, b. Tula Ellice Finklea (1922 - 2008), recovered from childhood polio to become a ballet dancer. Charisse went to Hollywood where she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include “Singin' in the Rain” (1952), “The Band Wagon” (1953) and “Silk Stockings” (1957).

Cyd Charisse, b. Tula Ellice Finklea (1922 – 2008), recovered from childhood polio to become a ballet dancer. In Hollywood Charisse was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Her best films include “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), “The Band Wagon” (1953) and “Silk Stockings” (1957).

 

Jayne Mansfield displays her, um, Christmas spirit.

Jayne Mansfield (1933 – 1967) b. Vera Jayne Palmer, displays her, um, Christmas spirit. Her best film is “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1957).

 

Brigitte Bardot (1934 - ) decorates her Christmas tree. BB is most famous for her starring role in the sexually charged 1957 drama “And God Created Woman.” Bardot starred in 47 films, most of them terrible. But she was probably the best known sex symbol of the 50s and 60s. Now, 80, Bardot is quite public in her opposition to the Islamization of France.

Brigitte Bardot (1934 – ) decorates her Christmas tree. BB is most famous for starring in the sexually charged 1957 drama “And God Created Woman.” Bardot starred in 47 films, most of them forgettable. But Seraphic Secret harbors great affection for her performance in “Shalako” (’68) a western shot in Spain with Sean Connery. Bardot was the reigning international sex symbol of the 50s and 60s. Now, 80, Bardot, an animal rights activist, is also quite vocal in her opposition to the Islamization of France.

Karen and I wish all our Christian friends a Merry Christmas.

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6 Comments

  1. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I wish all the Christians on this website a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

    I wish all the Jews on this website a happy Chanukah.

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  2. Esther
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you for a lovely post and for asking for prayer for persecuted Christians. And what a timely piece for 2016 when Chanukah falls on Christmas Eve this year. A wonderful night to be praying for one another, especially for those who are in the greatest need.

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    • GetThereJustAsSoon
      Posted December 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      I hardly agree. And, I wonder if one of the ways we could pray for one another is through the recitation of Psalm 103. It asks for no intercessions nor has any petitions. It is one of praise of the Divine, the Holy One.

      I would hope that we are not so far removed that we cold not join in this praise of the Lord.

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      • Esther
        Posted December 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Wonderful thought. I shall pray accordingly. Thank you!

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        • Esther
          Posted December 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
        • GetThereJustAsSoon
          Posted December 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

          Esther,

          Thank you for the response with regards to praying for one another. Also, I read the article by Bat Ye’or. Europe seems to be a course that it appears to have an eventual outcome called Disaster, especially for Jews and Christians.

          Here in the U.S. the situation of Christianity is a quagmire. Some are very much aware of that after the death of Jesus his followers were viewed as a set within Judaism. However, after they were expelled from the Temple and then its destruction, the separation became greater. There are those within Christianity who harbor anti-semitic views of old. Then, there are those who have newer ones in the guise of aligning with BDS.

          Of course, there is now the situation of the U.N. Security Council resolution, the lame duck’s betrayal and back-stabbing, and who knows what else he might attempt in the next several weeks.

          It is with great dismay and trepidation that I witness these events, especially as it has been but 70 years since the end of WWII.

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