White Christmas

White Christmas

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

     
 

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White Christmas, Paramount's belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio's first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film's simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which "What Can You Do With a General?" is the least memorable. Bing…  See more details below

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White Christmas, Paramount's belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio's first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film's simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which "What Can You Do With a General?" is the least memorable. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (replacing an ailing Donald O'Connor) play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil's WII commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger, who looks and sounds like Dwight D. Eisenhower!), who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil's army buddies. Corny in the extreme, White Christmas evidently struck a responsive note with film fans; it was the high-grossing picture of 1954, and a decade later proved to be a ratings bonanza when it was given its network-TV premiere. Of the four stars, Crosby comes off best, especially when singing the title song at the beginning and end of the film; Kaye is a bit overshadowed this time out, though he's quite funny camping it up in a "drag" version of Irving Berlin's "Sisters." Still a big favorite on the home-video circuit, White Christmas may not be the best Bing Crosby musical on the market, but it's certainly one of the most heartwarming.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A top-flight score by Irving Berlin and the inspired teaming of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye made White Christmas the biggest money-maker of 1954, and after nearly six decades its appeal hasn't diminished at all. Bing and Danny play Army buddies who become popular song-and-dance men after World War II. Accompanied by gal pals Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, they vacation one winter at the failing Vermont resort owned by their former commanding officer, Dean Jagger. Their Christmas benefit performance pulls Jagger out of the red while at the same time affording us a plethora of famous Berlin tunes -- including "Blue Skies," "Heat Wave," and the Oscar-nominated "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" -- performed in production numbers imaginatively staged by director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). A partial reworking of the 1942 Paramount smash Holiday Inn, which also starred Crosby and introduced this film's title song, White Christmas is a colorful, high-spirited extravaganza, a clear standout among the tunefests made during the waning years of the Hollywood movie musical. A natural for holiday-season viewing, it's equally enjoyable at any time of the year, and a movie you'll want to revisit often.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the amount of talent involved, it's surprising -- and rather a shame -- that White Christmas is only an enjoyable little trifle rather than a truly classic movie musical. The talent involved -- Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Irving Berlin, Michael Curtiz -- is a perfect embarrassment of riches. And yet they're all in service to a screenplay that is, at best, derivative and very rarely inspired. There's simply too little script, and what there is doesn't try hard enough. Still, the screenplay does provide excuses for a number of marvelous Berlin tunes, performed to a fare-thee-well by the quartet of stars, and these are well worth watching under any circumstances. Beyond the legendary title song (written for an earlier film), there's also the delightful "Sisters," which in both its original and reprised forms is considered a classic. But pay special attention to Clooney's creamy, entrancing rendition of the beautiful "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me"; this is a genuinely superior musical performance. Throw in such other treats as "Blue Skies" and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," as well as the amusing antics of Kaye, the laid-back playing of Crosby, and the effervescent dancing of Vera-Ellen, and most people will be more than willing to sit through the corny script.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2014
UPC:
0032429200969
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
5,772

Special Features

cc New Special Features: -Classic Holiday Moments: five Christmas television show appearences by Bing Crosby including a virtual Christmas duet between Bing & Michael Bublé -Assignment Children: special 1954 UNICEF documentary featuring their first Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Kaye, with introduction by Michael Bublé -White Christmas photo galleries form rehearsals, filming, & more! -PLUS over an hour of previously released bonus featurettes -Commentary by Rosemary Clooney -Two theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney Betty
Vera-Ellen Judy
Dean Jagger Gen. Waverly
Mary Wickes Emma
John Brascia Joe
Anne Whitfield Susan
Les Clark Actor
Mike Pat Donovan Actor
Lorraine Crawford Actor
Bea Allen Actor
George Chakiris Unnamed Dancer in Club
Barrie Chase Doris
Robert Crosson Albert
Marcel dela Brosse Maitre d'
Gavin Gordon Gen. Carlton
Johnny Grant Ed Harrison
Percy Helton Train Conductor
I. Stanford Jolley Station Master
Dick Keene Assistant Stage Manager
James Parnell Sheriff
Richard Shannon Adjutant
Grady Sutton General's Guest
Herb Vigran Novello
Sig Rumann Landlord
Vera Ellen Actor
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Roland Anderson Art Director
Irving Berlin Score Composer,Songwriter
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Emmett Dolan Producer
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Joseph Lilley Musical Direction/Supervision
Norman Panama Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White Christmas: Feature Film/Commentary By Rosemary Clooney
1. Chapter 1 [7:48]
2. Chapter 2 [1:04]
3. Chapter 3 [5:23]
4. Chapter 4 [6:50]
5. Chapter 5 [5:51]
6. Chapter 6 [1:37]
7. Chapter 7 [3:03]
8. Chapter 8 [4:08]
9. Chapter 9 [2:35]
10. Chapter 10 [3:54]
11. Chapter 11 [2:01]
12. Chapter 12 [4:54]
13. Chapter 13 [1:06]
14. Chapter 14 [3:25]
15. Chapter 15 [1:19]
16. Chapter 16 [5:50]
17. Chapter 17 [6:10]
18. Chapter 18 [4:34]
19. Chapter 19 [3:39]
20. Chapter 20 [:15]
21. Chapter 21 [5:31]
22. Chapter 22 [3:25]
23. Chapter 23 [6:48]
24. Chapter 24 [:54]
25. Chapter 25 [3:02]
26. Chapter 26 [4:52]
27. Chapter 27 [:48]
28. Chapter 28 [4:48]
29. Chapter 29 [1:43]
30. Chapter 30 [4:38]
31. Chapter 31 [2:52]
32. Chapter 32 [4:55]

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White Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just have one question: Why can't there be any more 'Bing Crosbys' and 'Rosemary Clooneys' out there today? Everything about this movie--plot, music, costumes, etc--is superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine what the world would have been like without these four wonderful and talented stars. They make this movie come alive and make you wish for a true White Christmas more than ever! It is a wonderful movie for people of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true classic. The whole family can enjoy this patriotic film of our past. I wish I could have lived in this time and gone to this Vermont Inn. A must see each holiday season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents introduced me to this movie as a child and I fell in love with it. This movie is one of the greatest. It is wonderful in every way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been a holiday staple in my family for years. It just isn't Christmas until we watch White Christmas. The music and dancing are what make this movie truly unique. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are a great comedy and music duo. I only wish they had done more movies together. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants an extra shot of Christmas spirit for the season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this movie...purchased it as a gift for my daughter and her family so that she can continue the tradition of watching it during the Christmas Holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favorite Christmas movies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic ~ good holiday movie, favorite movie stars, great music, good story, happy ending. A light-hearted movie for an enjoyable evening.
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Great movie, watch it every year.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I watch this movie every year. It's become a great way for me to get into the spirit of the holiday. (Okay, okay...my husband humors me by watching with me). It's pretty hokey in places but if you like sentimental music and great dance numbers then this movie could be for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I've been watching it every year during the holidays since before I can remember and I still love it. I was so disappointed when I learned I'm one of the only people my age who has even heard of it, but I plan to change that! No Christmas is fully enjoyable without seeing that end scene with the ballerinas and the Christmas tree and the snow! I'm always right there with Bing-dreamin of a white Christmas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the best christmas movie ever. I watch it every year...the humor is great and the singing is classic. I really enjoy watching a movie that can stand the test of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I watch it several times each Christmas season to get us into the spirit of the holiday. I love watching old movies and this year seemed especially special since Rosemary Clooney just recently passed away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite Christmas movie in as many years as I can remember. The entire cast is just sensational. Not a Christmas goes by without me and my family watching it. A must for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been watching ''White Christmas'' since I was a little girl. My mother shared it with me and my seven brothers and sisters. She loved all the greats! I have been introducing many old musicals to my children. We are stationed overseas with the Air Force and have an extensive video/DVD collection. I have wanted this movie for a long time, so I ordered it through Amizon.Com about a week ago. We received it yesterday! I told my children (daughter 15, son 16) that this movie is a very memorable part of my child hood. My father was killed in Vietnam and the military theme of the movie hits home. I didn't get to start the movie until 10:00 last night. My children stayed up with me to watch this wonderful movie. My heart stopped when Bing sang ''White Christmas'' in the very beginning of the movie. My daughter had tears in her eyes and my son turned off the computer!! It will always be a part of our family tradition. I hope you make it part of yours. They don't make movies like this anymore!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been watching this movie ever since I was 8 years old and not a year has gone by without watching it at least once over the Christmas holiday. It's so good my family and I even watch it throughout the whole year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE OF ALL TIME. OUR FAMILY WATCHES IT EACH YEAR ON CHRISTMAS DAY (AND SOMETIMES SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE), BUT WE ALL GATHER FOR CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST, OPEN OUR PRESENTS AND THEN ''SETTLE IN'' TO WATCH WHITE CHRISTMAS. IT JUST WOULD NOT BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THIS WONDERFUL MOVIE. I GAVE THE DVD TO OUR DAUGHTER THIS YEAR AND SHE TOOK IT TO HER FUTURE IN-LAWS, HOPING TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION WITH THEM. I WISH THEY MADE MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS ONE! GAYLE
Guest More than 1 year ago
This to me is the best holiday movie ever. I have watched this movie for so many years and still love every minute of it. A true American classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie every year since i was a little girl. It is truely a classic for all ages. The costumes, the music, the comedy, everything in the movie is unbelievable. If you want a great christmas movie to share with everyone, make this one a yearly tradition.