LEE MARVIN’S XMAS MOVIE?

  Lee Marvin’s Xmas movie? Well, kinda. To the best of my knowledge Marvin has never made a holiday-themed film. It’s possible he may have done soemthng for TV, though. Not quite sure about that. However, as pointed out in a recent online article, he did make one film that indeed had a Xmas scene in it. Apparently, the scene in director John Ford’s  Donovan’s Reef (1963), in which several characters act out the nativity in a VERY different way qualifies for inclusion on the list of great holiday movies. Further more, the film is currently streaming this month on Amazon Prime and Hulu, which is good to know. I wouldn’t know myself as I don’t stream any of the services that are available out there. Yeah, I know. I’m a 20th century man, living in the 21st century.

(L-R) ‘Boats’ Gilhooley (Lee Marvin) and ‘Monk’ (Mike Mazurki) represent ‘The King of The United States and the King of the Islands in the Xmas pageant with Gilhooley reaping the benefits of the leaky roof he paid for.



   As to the scene in the film, it’s both reverent and lighthearted at the same time. As usual, Marvin steals every scene he’s in throughout the movie and sadly, he’s just not in the movie enough. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly encourage you do so, especially the opening brawl between Marvin and John Wayne. 

Lee Marvin in Donovan’s Reef enjoying his Xmas.


   Unfortunately, the fun onscreen did not carry over offscreen as I discovered when researching Lee Marvin Point Blank. You’ll have to read it to find out why.
 So, there you have it. Lee Marvin’s Xmas movie for us Lee Marvin fans. Happy holidays one and all and a most joyous new year. Let’s hope it’s better than this year!
– Dwayne Epstein

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