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Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 4 September 1942 (USA)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jim Hardy
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Ted Hanover
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Linda Mason
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Lila Dixon
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Danny Reed
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Mamie
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Gus
Marek Windheim ...
François
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Dunbar
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Parker
Shelby Bacon ...
Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold ...
Daphne
Bob Crosby Orchestra ...
Orchestra (as Bob Crosby's Band)
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

15 Dias de Prazer  »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The script originally called for a Labor Day dance number, "This Is a Great Country." Irving Berlin used the song 20 years later in his last Broadway musical, "Mr. President." See more »

Goofs

In one of the final scenes, the Hollywood set of the inn, Jim Hardy sets his pipe down on the piano. A few minutes later, when Linda Mason reaches for it to tap the bells of the Christmas tree, it has changed position. See more »

Quotes

Lila Dixon: [to Ted] I love you... and Jim.
Ted Hanover: Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.
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Soundtracks

White Christmas
(1942)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds)
Played on the movie set by the Bob Crosby Orchestra and sung by Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) and chorus
Whistled by Bing Crosby
Played as background music often
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Holiday Inn - Truly Classic
12 September 2005 | by (Tilton, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I always feel that a true classic is either a film or a song that within a few feet of film or a few bars of a tune, you know exactly what the song or film is and in most cases the cast or artist who was involved with it.

This film, in my opinion, is no exception. The casting of this film (Bing Crosby as Jim Hardy and Fred Astaire as Ted Hanover) is pure genius. Both stars were really at their professional peaks at the time and they show it in this movie musical.

Both Marjorie Reynolds as Linda Mason and Virginia Dale as Lila Dixon were not as well known, but I feel they both more than proved themselves in holding their own against the talents of Astaire & Crosby.

The supporting cast were fine too. Louise Beavers as well as Walter Abel gave some comedic relief in their roles as Mamie & as Danny Reid.

The firecracker dance sequence with Astaire is well worth the price of admission alone! I also enjoyed the dancing sequence between Astaire & Dale during the "Your Easy to Dance With" number and between Astaire & Reynolds during the "Be Careful Its My Heart" number.

Truly a wonderful film despite the controversy surrounding the "Abraham" black face routine.

When I first saw this film, I never thought about it as being filmed to offend anyone, I just considered it was the only way to explain in the plot why Ted & Danny don't recognize Linda since Jim has been hiding her from them. I have never changed my feelings on this and still feel the same way some 35 years later after my original viewing.


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