White Christmas Movie
Too sugar sweet in places the White Christmas movie is nevertheless one of the great family favorites and will no doubt be in many peoples list of top ten Christmas movies.
Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are song and dance men who meet in the army and team up after the war to become a top double act and producers.
The inevitable romantic interest is provided by the Haynes sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera-Ellen) who Bob and Phil follow to Vermont where they save the day for struggling inn owner and their former army commander Major General Waverly.
Interestingly Danny Kaye was actually the third choice when it came to who would play the role of Phil Davies. Fred Astaire was originally penciled in to partner Bing just as he had in Holiday Inn. Donald O'Connor was then considered but eventually Danny Kaye was drafted in and made the role his own.
The impish Kaye and the great Bing Crosby make a brilliant double act and they really do bounce off each other and the inter-play between the two is one of the movies best features.
The other of course is the timeless music of Irving Berlin including the wonderful White Christmas performed beautifully by Bing in the opening scenes of the film and then later with Rosemary Clooney.
As well as White Christmas other memorable songs in the movie include Sisters and the lovely Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep. Fans of Hollywood musicals and dancing will enjoy the rehearsal scenes as Phil and Bob stage a show at the inn that will see the general reunited with the men of his division.
There are quite a few cringing and saccharine scenes in the White Christmas movie but thankfully they are overcome by the charm of Bing Crosby, the style of Rosemary Clooney and a great comic turn from Mary Wickes as the gossipy busybody Emma Allen. And of course the music.
White Christmas was the first ever movie produced by Paramount using their new Vistavision wide screen technology and was released in 1954.