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Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  26 November 1942 (Mexico)
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At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

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Complete credited cast:
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Jim Hardy
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Ted Hanover
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Linda Mason
Virginia Dale ...
Lila Dixon
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Danny Reed
Louise Beavers ...
Mamie
Irving Bacon ...
Gus
Marek Windheim ...
François
James Bell ...
Dunbar
John Gallaudet ...
Parker
Shelby Bacon ...
Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold ...
Daphne
Bob Crosby Orchestra ...
Orchestra (as Bob Crosby's Band)
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Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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26 November 1942 (Mexico)  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Mary Martin stated in her autobiography that she had to turn down the role of Linda Mason in this film (which eventually led to the termination of her contract at Paramount) because she was pregnant. See more »

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When Danny Reed identifies Linda as "The girl in the flower shop!", he is pointing at her with his left hand. In the next shot his arm is down by his side. See more »

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Soundtracks

Song of Freedom
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Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra
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Holiday Inn is an uplifting and heartwarming remembrance that is a legend in its own right.
28 November 2003 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

In any endeavor there are greats, and there are legends. Bing Crosby crooned his way to the latter status years before this movie, and he is in fine voice here. It is such a shame that things like talent aren't present in music anymore, but if you want to remember it, this is a great vehicle. Irving Berlin, Crosby's long time friend, wrote magical numbers for the film, including the unforgettable White Christmas.

Fred Astaire gave a tour de force performance, singing, and, of course, dancing his way through this delightful piece in rare form. It is said that he worked so hard during rehearsals that he wasted away to 85 pounds by the time he filmed the firecracker number. He might just as well have been weightless, because he defies gravity with his every move.

Marjorie Reynolds was seriously outclassed in a role that was intended for Mary Martin, who probably could have improved the chemistry of the starring cast. Reynolds nevertheless does a creditable job, and Holiday Inn remains her finest hour.

Years later, Paramount undertook a vastly inferior remake entitled White Christmas, which failed to capture a fraction of the magic of Holiday Inn. Astaire was replaced with funny man Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney gave it her torch song damndest, but it didn't gel. Holiday Inn has more wit, sincerity, charm and, despite being over a decade older, freshness. Holiday Inn is an uplifting and heartwarming remembrance that is a legend in its own right.


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