White Christmas

White Christmas

Michael Curtiz (1954)

115min
U Certificate
Mon 23 Dec 1:35pm - 4pm Channel 4
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Review

Our Score
This partial remake of the 1942 film Holiday Inn - the Bing Crosby movie that gave the world the Irving Berlin song White Christmas - provided Paramount with an opportunity to introduce its new screen process Vistavision. Crosby's Holiday Inn partner Fred Astaire wasn't available, and Donald O'Connor pulled out, so Danny Kaye reluctantly agreed to second billing to co-star with Crosby, in what proved to be a fortuitous move. The story, as if you need reminding, is about a song-and-dance team who travel up to Vermont to help their former army commander save his inn from foreclosure. Kaye is superb, especially in his knockout dance routine with Vera-Ellen, and the direction from veteran Michael Curtiz rightly embraces the sentiment rather than keeping it at bay.

Summary

A pair of former soldiers start a new career as nightclub entertainers. They try to boost the popularity of their old commanding officer's struggling winter resort in Vermont by staging a series of extravagant shows, with a little help from their former army buddies and a talented singing sister act. Musical, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Sig Rumann, Mary Wickes, Anne Whitfield and Rosemary Clooney, featuring seasonal songs by Irving Berlin.

Cast & Crew

Bob Wallace Bing Crosby
Phil Davis Danny Kaye
Judy Vera-Ellen
Gen Waverly Dean Jagger
Landlord Sig Rumann
Betty Rosemary Clooney
Emma Mary Wickes
Susan Anne Whitfield
Director Michael Curtiz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2008
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