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Numbers Game : Here are a dozen ways to count down the days to Christmas gathered around the home video.

December 13, 1990|LEO SMITH | TIMES STAFF WRITER

As of tomorrow, the Twelve Days of Christmas will be upon us, but each year it gets more and more difficult to celebrate them. Just try getting enough money together to pay for 10 lords a leaping. Well fear not. There is still the relatively inexpensive pleasure of watching videos at home.

Here are some suggestions:

On the first day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"ONE Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)--It's the classic starring Jack Nicholson as Randle P. McMurphy, the new guy at the insane asylum who rallies the other patients to stand up for themselves.

On the second day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"TWO English Girls" (1972 and 1984)--There are two versions of this French film directed by Francois Truffaut. It's the story of a writer who has a love affair with two sisters.

On the third day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"(The) THREE Faces of Eve" (1957)--Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of a woman with three separate personalities.

On the fourth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"(The) FOUR Seasons" (1981)--Alan Alda and Carol Burnett star in this movie about the friendships of three middle-aged couples and how their relationships change over the course of their vacation together.

On the fifth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"FIVE Golden Hours" (1961)--Not quite five golden rings, but pretty darn close. This British comedy about a con-man and a witch stars Ernie Kovacs and Cyd Charisse.

On the sixth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"SIX of a Kind" (1934)--Ho, ho, ho. W.C. Fields, George Burns and Gracie Allen go on a wacky vacation together.

On the seventh day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"SEVEN Brides for SEVEN Brothers" (1954)--Lots of music, lots of dancing and lots of marrying. It stars Howard Keel, Jane Powell and about six other women and six other men.

On the eighth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"EIGHT Men Out" (1988)--Charlie Sheen and John Cusak star in this story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, whose members got paid to throw the World Series.

On the ninth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"976-Evil" (1988)--I had to throw in one horror flick. In this one, directed by Robert Englund (better known as Freddy Krueger), a 976 number gives a teen-ager some horrific powers.

On the tenth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"(The) TEN Commandments" (1956)--You'll need this classic after you get through "976." Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner and Anne Baxter star in this story of the life of Moses.

On the eleventh day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"11 Harrowhouse" (1974)--This British spoof of burglary films stars Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin and James Mason.

On the twelfth day of Christmas I watched on my TV . . .

"TWELVE Angry Men" (1957)--Henry Fonda struggles to convince his fellow jury members (big-name cast) not to convict a boy for murder without first giving it some thought.

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