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White Christmas (1954)

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A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Norman Panama (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye ... Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney ... Betty Haynes
Vera-Ellen ... Judy Haynes (as Vera Ellen)
Dean Jagger ... Major General Thomas F. Waverly
Mary Wickes ... Emma Allen
John Brascia John Brascia ... John
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Susan Waverly
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Storyline

Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. Written by Norman Cook <cook@ssdgwy.mdc.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

IRVING BERLIN'S WONDERFUL "WHITE CHRISTMAS" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1954 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's White Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$30,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Perspecta Stereo (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is neither a sequel to, nor a remake of, Holiday Inn (1942), a persistent myth that continues to this day. Aside from both films starring Bing Crosby and featuring Irving Berlin scores (most notably the chestnut "White Christmas"), the plots and characters' names are completely different. In the first film, Crosby and co-star Fred Astaire compete for the affections of the same woman (first Virginia Dale, then Marjorie Reynolds - although each woman eventually ends up with one of the men), while in the second film, Crosby and Danny Kaye fall for sisters Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, and are paired off almost immediately. There is also no subplot of an inn open only during the holidays in White Christmas: it is one inn on the verge of bankruptcy, due to lack of customers and snow. See more »

Goofs

As General Waverly starts to walk down the stairs there is a uniformed soldier standing at the bottom of the stairs facing the camera. Directly behind him is a tall woman in a dark blue dress with long earrings and a little girl in a blue and white polka dot dress. In the very next shot as the soldier is escorting the general to his table the tall woman is now standing over by the railing and the little girl has disappeared completely. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
General Harold G. Carlton: Stop the jeep, Sergeant. What's this all about, Captain?
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Crazy Credits

This film was the first feature to use the VistaVision Paramount logo. A new logo, created especially for wide-screen, this logo appears more realistic and features a shot of a canyon with trees around it. The sky is more distant in depth and is full of contrast. The Paramount logo is pretty much the same as before here. The screen credit "Paramount (with the "P" written in their corporate font) proudly presents the first picture in" first appears over the mountain, and then the VistaVision logo appears, then the Paramount logo plays as usual (with the final notes of the Paramount on Parade march, followed by a bell sound). The Paramount mountain, with minor variations until 1986, served as the basis for the company logo for more than 30 years. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing
(uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Sung by Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Trudy Stevens) (uncredited)
Danced by Danny and Vera-Ellen
Also played for dancing at the party
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User Reviews

If this isn't the all-time great Christmas movie, it's pretty close!
24 September 1999 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

Sorry, Jimmy! My apologies, Alistair! My all-time favorite Christmas was, is, and always will be, "White Christmas." First of all, there's that wonderful Irving Berlin score. "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and "Sisters" have become standards, of course. But, towering above them all, is Bing Crosby's definitive performance of the beloved Christmas favorite that he practically owned. All the performances are top-drawer, what with Bing, Danny Kaye (In a role meant for Donald O'Connor), Rosie Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, and Mary Wickes, who, as you can see here, was playing nasty old things even when she was a nasty young thing!

Corny, syrupy, kitsch. Perhaps it is all of that, to some. But, to unashamed sentimentalists like me, "White Christmas" will always be THE all-time great Christmas movie, particularly when viewed by the whole family, on Christmas Day, in front of the fireplace.

God bless Bing, Berlin, and company, for making a lot of Holidays that much happier, including those of the Sorrentino family!


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