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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Rosemary Clooney; Backstage stories from White Christmas; Rosemary's old Kentucky home; Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner; Danny Kaye: Joy to the World; Irving Berlin's White Christmas; White Christmas: from page to stage; White Christmas: a look back with Rosemary Clooney; 2 theatrical trailers
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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: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 097361434445
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Restored
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Mike Pat Donovan
Lorraine Crawford
Bea Allen
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
Laura Lamb
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
1. Chapter 1 [6:12]
2. Chapter 2 [5:23]
3. Chapter 3 [7:33]
4. Chapter 4 [5:07]
5. Chapter 5 [4:40]
6. Chapter 6 [6:43]
7. Chapter 7 [5:45]
8. Chapter 8 [4:54]
9. Chapter 9 [3:25]
10. Chapter 10 [3:47]
11. Chapter 11 [6:09]
12. Chapter 12 [4:35]
13. Chapter 13 [3:54]
14. Chapter 14 [5:14]
15. Chapter 15 [7:39]
16. Chapter 16 [5:23]
17. Chapter 17 [4:14]
18. Chapter 18 [6:07]
19. Chapter 19 [4:45]
Disc #2 -- White Christmas
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [:00]
3. Chapter 3 [:00]
4. Chapter 4 [:02]
5. Chapter 5 [:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:00]
7. Chapter 7 [:00]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]
9. Chapter 9 [:37]
10. Chapter 10 [7:13]
11. Chapter 11 [7:13]
12. Chapter 12 [7:13]
13. Chapter 13 [1:00]
14. Chapter 14 [3:26]
15. Chapter 15 [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- White Christmas
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         English Restored Mono
         Français
         Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Français
         Español
         None
   Scene Selection
Disc #2 -- White Christmas
   Set Up
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Français
         Español
         None
   Special Features
      Backstage Stories From White Christmas
      Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home
      Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner
      Danny Kaye: Joy to the World
      Irving Berlin's White Christmas
      White Christmas: From Page to Stage
      White Christmas a Look Back With Rosemary Clooney
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Theatrical Re-Release Trailer
   Menu Group #16 with 15 chapter(s) covering 00:26:50
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christmas Gem!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing dancing

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All That Snow...

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best holiday movie ever made...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Fantastic Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Favorite

    It is one of my favorite Christmas movies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Holiday favorite

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Recommend this for the family

    Great movie, watch it every year.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas is not Christmas without "Snow"

    After years of hinting that I really wanted the DVD, I broke down and bought it for myself. I hadn't realized how poor the quality on the video tape was until I watched the DVD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An absolute classic

    What would Christmas be without Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in this timeless classic film. Great acting, singing, love Danny Kaye. (and as an aside, great for "If you too would like a teeny-tiny waist like Vera-Ellen, put down that figgy pudding!")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great classic

    It isn't Christmas until I watch this movie. It is too bad movies like this are not made anymore. It might be cheesy, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end, but who cares. It is good entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Holiday Movie!

    Great Holiday movie for adults, as slower moving and will not hold attention of younger audience!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Christmas Tradition at our house!

    We cannot wait for Christmas-time each year so we can watch this movie. We usually see it several times during the Holidays beginning Thanksgiving weekend when we put the tree up. We all have our favorite parts. Danny Kaye is our favorite actor in the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic!

    One of the best musicals ever done as well as great performances

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    All-Time Favorite Christmas Movie

    This is a holiday tradition for viewing at my house every Christmas. It is a wonderful and entertaining delight. The commentary added in the DVD from interviews with Rosemary Clooney were a great bonus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Holiday Favorite

    One of my family's holiday favorites and a tradition I will pass on to my children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST Holiday movie Ever

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CLASSIC FOR ALL AGES!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

    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

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