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Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public floor show and all only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday. Oddly ...
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Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public floor show and all only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of Irving Berlin holiday songs including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday. Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning "White Christmas," is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Crosby to an audience of one: leading lady Marjorie Reynolds. Fred Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage eleven years earlier, Bing enjoyed a final clinch with Marion Davies under surprisingly similar conditions in Going Hollywood. As with most of Irving Berlin's "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of Holiday Inn are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial 1954 remake, White Christmas.
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Special Features

A couple of song and dance men - an intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire featuring an interview with Ava Astaire-MacKenzie; All singing - all dancing: experience the making of the unforgettable song and dance numbers of Holiday Inn; Audio commentary - feature-length audio commentary by film historian Ken Barnes with archive audio comments by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and John Scott Trotter; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Holiday Inn has one of the more ludicrous plots in a 1940s musical, but the Irving Berlin songs are first-rate, and it's tough to beat Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire for music-and-dance star power. Berlin is perhaps the film's real headliner: his "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade" would become cultural standards, and each song would inspire its own eponymous motion picture. Though the production numbers don't quite match the splendor of say, Busby Berkeley's, most are well-staged. The film's best moment is its simplest -- Crosby singing "White Christmas" sans accompaniment. Berlin won a songwriting Oscar for "White Christmas," and the film was also nominated for Best Original Story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2010
  • UPC: 025192080890
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Jim Hardy
Fred Astaire Ted Hanover
Virginia Dale Lila Dixon
Marjorie Reynolds Linda Mason
Walter Abel Danny Reid
Louise Beavers Mamie
Marek Windheim Francois
Jacques Vanaire Waiter
Judith Gibson Cigarette Girl
Shelby Bacon Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold Daphne
Edward Arnold Jr. Man
Oscar G. Hendrian Doorman
Reed Porter Director
Irving Bacon Gus
James Bell Dunbar
John Gallaudet Parker
Harry Barris Orchestra leader
Leon Belasco Flower Shop Owner
Karin [Katharine] Booth Hatcheck Girl
Laurie Douglas Girl
June Ealey Specialty dancer
Lynda Grey Girl
Bud Jamison Santa Claus
Kitty Kelly Drunk
Lora Lee Michel Girl
Barbara Slater Girl
David Tihmar Specialty dancer
Robert E. Homans Pop
Louise LaPlanche Girl
Ronnie Rondell Orchestra leader
Bob Locke Lorraine Dancer
Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director, Producer
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Roland Anderson Art Director
Irving Berlin Score Composer
Claude Binyon Screenwriter
Charles C. Coleman Jr. Asst. Director
Daniel Dare Choreography
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Elmer Rice Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Holiday Inn
1. Love Triangle (Main Titles) [4:39]
2. I'll Capture Your Heart Singing" [5:43]
3. "Lazy" [8:26]
4. "You're Easy to Dance With" [3:40]
5. "White Christmas" [6:18]
6. "Happy Holiday/Holiday Inn" [3:09]
7. "Let's Start the New Year Right" [6:19]
8. A New Partner [3:29]
9. In Disguise [3:30]
10. "Abraham" [5:46]
11. "Be Careful, It's My Heart" [6:38]
12. "I Can't Tell a Lie" [6:38]
13. "Easter Parade" [3:42]
14. "Song of Freedom" [3:11]
15. "Let's Say It With Firecrackers" [7:49]
16. "Plenty to Be Thankful For" [6:24]
17. Lights, Camera, Action [4:52]
18. Happy New Year (End Titles) [8:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Holiday Inn
   Play
   Bonus Materials
      A Couple of Song and Dance Men
      All-Singing, All Dancing
      Audio Commentary
         Audio Commentary With Film Historian Ken Barnes Inclusing Archive Audio Comments From Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter: On/Off
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Off
   Scenes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    HOLIDAY INN - DELUXE SET

    I BOUGHT THIS SET AS A GIFT FOR MY WIFE, BEING THAT IT IS ONE OF HER ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES, BEING A FRED ASTAIRE FAN. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS PAST THE HOLIDAYS WHEN I PURCHASED IT, WE WATCHED IT SOON AFTER I BROUGHT IT HOME. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN THE FILM IN ITS COLORIZED STATE, AND TECHNICALLY, IT WAS WELL DONE. THE STORY IS DELIGHTFUL AND FEATURES NOT ONLY DANCE BY FRED ASTAIRE BUT ALSO THE GOLDEN VOICE OF BING CROSBY. TO PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE, THE SONGS WERE WRITTEN BY IRVING BERLIN, AND A CD OF THESE IS INCLUDED WITH THE TWO DVD'S IN THE SET. THE BN ASSOCIATE WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THAT THIS ITEM WAS STILL LEFT ON THE SHELVES AT THE TIME I BOUGHT IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Holiday Inn is a classic movie lovers 'must have!'

    I grew up w/a love of classic films thanks to my mom and I was so thrilled to be able to share this movie with my children this year!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, Colorized Bueatifully

    This movie is a classic, must have. The new colorization technology used to colorize this movie was excellent. It almost looks like it was shot in color rather than colorized, a must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    A Smash Holiday Movie!

    This is a warm and entertaining picture about love, 'not so much love', and the holidays. I would rate as a must see for the entire family. With it's fine musical numbers, lovely settings, and genuine holiday spirit, it is to be enjoyed by all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    A Holiday Tradition...

    Somewhere right after Thanksgiving, Holiday Inn and White Christmas(Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen) get plugged into our VCR. These two movies really get me in the spirit for the Christmas season. If you love great dancing and sentimental music this is a movie you will love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Wonderful Movie for ALL ages

    This is a wonderful movie! I am 24 and I liked it the first time I ever saw it. Timeless and priceless in my opinion! Steller performances by all!!! Takes you to another place and time when it was safe...truely transports you!!!

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