- Actors: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger
- Directors: Michael Curtiz
- Writers: Melvin Frank, Norman Krasna, Norman Panama
- Producers: Robert Emmett Dolan
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: U
- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
- Run Time: 115 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CKAG
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White Christmas [VHS]
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Two army buddies (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war and become a successful song-and-dance act. While on a skiing holiday the pair stage a benefit to save an inn run by their old commander, who is beset by financial difficulties resulting from a lack of snow. The title song, `White Christmas', was actually written 12 years earlier for the film `Holiday Inn' and was already a Christmas standard in 1954.
This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow", "We'll Follow the Old Man", "Mandy", "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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‘White Christmas’ is a treasure trove of Irving Berlin’s most memorable songs, among them “Count our Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Sisters,” “Mandy” and the beloved holiday song, “White Christmas.” This Diamond Anniversary Edition Combo Pack includes the Blu-ray and DVD versions of this timeless musical, plus new special features and as an amazing added Bonus, you get to own the exclusive 12 track song Christmas Music Compact Disc.
Two talented song-and-dance men Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter they join forces with a sister act Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there’s the requisite fun for the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general, who is now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff that dreams are made of!
FILM FACT: All songs were written by Irving Berlin. The centrepiece of the film is the title song, first used in ‘Holiday Inn,’ which won that film an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1942. In addition, ‘Count Your Blessings’ earned the picture its own Oscar nomination in the same category. The song "Snow" was originally written for ‘Call Me Madam’ with the title "Free" was dropped in out-of-town try-outs. The melody and some of the words were kept, but the lyrics were changed to be more appropriate for a Christmas film.Read more ›
This is one of the films I have to watch every Christmas or else the Holidays just do not seem right. Of course, this makes no sense because "White Christmas" does not seem like it has the makings of a Christmas Classic. The magic is due mainly to the songs of Irving Berlin, which in addition to the beloved title song includes "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Blue Skies" and "The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing." Since they are putting on a show, there are all sorts of production numbers from the rehersal and the performance. The most memorable might be the version of "Sisters" done by Crosby and Kaye (which Bing was not happy to do, but you will never know by watching the one take). For me, the reason to watch this film each year is to get to the end. There is just something about when Jagger comes down those stairs that gets to me. Nothing like a happy ending to get you in the mood for Christmas, with or without snow (fortunately, where I live, that is never a problem).
Sure it can be straight from cornball central but boy is its heart in the right place. You see these days integrity is as rare as a long hot summer. The look on that General’s face is pure heart. But it played to a 1950s audience only just beginning to taste the non-stop meal of better times. The consumer age was truly in its infancy and people did not know what to do with it. I Wish I was Back in the Army is the penultimate song in this two hour festival of singing and dancing. For those who had ‘a good war.’
But mostly for the dour struggle to get on. The colour, the glamour, the clean living. The future without counting your blessings. You probably saw it on some digital channel over the holidays but its made for the big screen. Immaculate movie of a changing world. And the losses never mentioned. They hide.
Keep the subtitles on, those song lyrics say more than you think. And those legs! I love those legs!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of its time and doesn't transcend the bygone era that never really existed. But mindless fun.Published 1 month ago by Opusmalone
Good performances, almost without exception. Great song and dance routines. A film to see at least once a year.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer