(Michael Curtiz, US 1955, 106 min., 35mm)
Holidays. Not every Christmas movie features a deus ex machina in the slithery shape of a poisonous viper, but this delightfully oddball comedy isn’t typical holiday fare. After escaping from Devil’s Island, prisoners Humphrey Bogart (reuniting with Casablanca director Michael Curtiz), Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, and, yes, a viper named Adolphe, hide out in a small village store run by Leo G. Carroll, Joan Bennett, and daughter Gloria Talbott. The jailbirds plan to rob the place before skipping town—but don’t count on the Christmas spirit and their own better natures.