Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

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Director: Mark Sandrich

Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale

     
 

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Holiday Inn, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bring Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds, did not have a very distinguished history on home video until this release. The laserdisc and original two-movie-on-one DVD release (paired with Going My Way), were both based on an old, grainy transfer off of a fairly clean but otherwise rather flat looking…  See more details below

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Holiday Inn, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bring Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds, did not have a very distinguished history on home video until this release. The laserdisc and original two-movie-on-one DVD release (paired with Going My Way), were both based on an old, grainy transfer off of a fairly clean but otherwise rather flat looking 35mm print, and had no special features whatsoever. This 2006 Special Edition DVD, by contrast, is special indeed, with a crystaline transfer off of what look like preservation-quality materials, which yield a full-screen (1.33-to-1) image infinitely sharper and cleaner than any previously seen on this movie in a home viewing format. The sound has also been significantly improved, with far less compression and a lot finer detail than one could previously hear from this movie. And that's just the beginning -- the picture also comes with a commentary track by Ken Barnes, who worked with Crosby and Astaire late in their careers and does a marvelous job (take it from someone who did a commentary track of his own for this same movie, for broadcast by WNET-Channel 13 in New York) of ranging across the music, the performers, composer Irving Berlin, and most everyone else involved in the production of Holiday Inn. He's lively, engaging, and a lot of fun to listen to, and one only wishes that Warner Bros. would have gotten Barnes or someone like him to perform a similar function on some of the Astaire and/or Berlin musicals that they got as part of Ted Turner's MGM library. There are also a pair of documentaries featuring Barnes, focusing on Crosby and Astaire and also on the strange parallels between their careers at various points; and on the history and technical development of the movie musical across the 1930's and early 1940's, which affords the producers a chance to dip into some of the highlights of the early Paramount library. The only thing that might have been added was something more on the director, Mark Sandrich, who was a major producer/director at Paramount and before that at RKO, and who had a lot to do with bringing this project off as well as it came out (and who died tragically young in 1946). The movie and all of the extras are easily accessible in a very simple two-layer menu and also offers a look at the trailer for the film. The whole package is a delight, and one can only hope the Universal will make a similarly ambitious effort with the follow-up movie to this, Blue Skies (1946).

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
UPC:
0025192148422
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

A couple of song and dance men; An intimate retrospective of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire on interview with Ava Astaire-McKenzie; 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

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 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 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 -- Irving Berlin's: 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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Holiday Inn 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
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wd21 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BN-HAPPY-MEMBER More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!