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Holiday Inn -- Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in the sensational musical comedy Holiday Inn. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, this special edition features 13 holiday songs by famed composer Irving Berlin, including “White Christmas” – one of the biggest-selling recordings in music history!

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Director:
Writers:
Claude Binyon (screenplay)
Elmer Rice (adaptation)
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Release Date:
26 November 1942 (Mexico) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A magical Inn that influenced a hotel chain. See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Jim Hardy

Fred Astaire ... Ted Hanover
Marjorie Reynolds ... Linda Mason
Virginia Dale ... Lila Dixon

Walter Abel ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Arnold Jr. ... Second Dancer Ted Bumps Into (uncredited)
Loretta Barnett ... Dancer (uncredited)
Muriel Barr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Midnight Club Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Patsy Bedell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Flower Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Donald Brown ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
William Cabanne ... Boy (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Marion Colby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Laurie Douglas ... Girl (uncredited)
June Ealey ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Edward Emerson ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Glenn D. Forbes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth Griffith ... Boy (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)

Mildred Harris ... Maid (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Nightclub Doorman (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Pop (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
Kitty Kelly ... Drunk (uncredited)
Louise La Planche ... Girl (uncredited)
Lora Lee ... Girl (uncredited)
Glenn Leedy ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Chorus Member (uncredited)
Teala Loring ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Robert Locke Lorraine ... Dancer (uncredited)
Douglas MacArthur ... General Douglas MacArthur (in montage) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Bud Mercer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Cameraman on Film Set (uncredited)
Ross Murray ... Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Nace ... First Dancer Ted Bumps Into (uncredited)
Jane Novak ... Guest at Inn (uncredited)
Reed Porter ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Rebel Randall ... Girl (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Man in Montage (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... President Franklin D. Roosevelt (in montage) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Barbara Slater ... Girl (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Girl (uncredited)
David Tihmar ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
 
Writing credits
Claude Binyon (screenplay)

Elmer Rice (adaptation)

Irving Berlin (idea)

Ben Holmes  contributing writer (uncredited)
Bert Lawrence  contributing writer (uncredited)
Zion Myers  contributing writer (uncredited)
Francis Swann  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Mark Sandrich .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Comer .... set dresser (uncredited)
William Flannery .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ray Moyer .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Earl S. Hayman .... sound recordist (as Earl Hayman)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ellis .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Robert Allen .... animation director (uncredited)
Preston Blair .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Billy Livingston .... wardrobe designer: chorus (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Emmett Dolan .... musical director
Arthur Franklin .... music assistant
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger (as Joseph Lilley)
Bob Crosby Orchestra .... Specialty numbers
Gil Grau .... music arranger (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Andrea Setaro .... music advisor (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Daniel Dare .... stager: dance ensembles (as Danny Dare)
Bob Crosby Orchestra .... specialty accompaniments (as Bob Crosby's Band)
Jean Bosquet .... publicist (uncredited)
June Chapman .... dancer (uncredited)
Bob Crosby .... specialty accompaniments band director (uncredited)
Eunice Douglas .... secretary: Irving Berlin (uncredited)
Grace Dubray .... script clerk (uncredited)
George King .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
Sam Ledner .... dance director (uncredited)
Al Mann .... dance assistant (uncredited)
Zion Myers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hazel Noe .... dance secretary (uncredited)
Babe Pearce .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7981)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bing Crosby's original "Rhythm Boys" partner Harry Barris plays the orchestra leader in the nightclub scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Linda loses her hat in the pond when she is with Gus. Although she isn't seen finding the hat, she has it on when she and Lila are driving.See more »
Quotes:
Ted Hanover:It's going to be easy - like peeling a turtle.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A magical Inn that influenced a hotel chain., 21 July 2003
Author: (snake357@hotmail.com) from Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Everyone has a favourite Christmas movie. For some it's "A Christmas Carol", or "Miracle On 34th Street", perhaps "It's A Wonderful Life", or maybe "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". Even Bing's later "White Christmas" gets aired locally every Christmas Day, while "Holiday Inn" is far more obscure. Yet, this film is my favourite holiday season film. Made long before I was born, I saw it as a child & it had an influence on me. Perhaps the film is dated with its B&W war-time feel but that 1940's elegance is part of the charm. Returning to the "Inn" is like re-visiting old friends at a magical, mythical place. It's a treat to see a younger Bing Crosby (compared with his performance in "White Christmas")& Fred Astaire, as well as the beauty of Marjorie Reynolds. What may not be well known is that the film provided the inspiration for the name of the Holiday Inn chain of motels & hotels. A Memphis businessman named Kemmons Wilson planned a national chain of motels. He hired a draftsman to draw up the plans. It happened that the draftsman watched the movie while he was working, and he sketched the name of it at the top. Wilson saw it, liked it, and stuck with it. Holiday Inn was born & the first opened in August of 1952, some 10 years after the film.

Sure, not all the holidays are treated in the film. And the Independence Day segment contains some war-time "propaganda" with newsreel shots of McArthur, FDR, & military hardware. But this was the era when Hollywood went to war & stars did pitches to audiences to buy war bonds, etc. Yes, the black-face Al Jolson style "Abraham" number causes me to cringe a bit, but the tune is snappy, and the justification is in keeping with the plot as Bing tries to hide Marjorie Reynolds from Astaire. The supporting characters are also fine. There's "Gus" the cab driver for the Inn, whom Bing gives 10 bucks to take a detour to keep Reynold's away from the Inn the night the Hollywood men are there. Bing says for that kind of money Gus should take her by way of "Medicine Hat" (a prairie town in Canada). I also enjoy character actress Louise Beavers portrayal of "Mamie", the Inn's cook. She's not only a mother figure to her two charming kids, but also to her boss. During Thanksgiving, Bing mopes while Astaire & Reynolds are filming in Hollywood together. He puts on a recording of himself singing "I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For", while he comically criticizes himself - even saying "you're flat". Mamie tells him that all he did was tricks to keep Miss Linda. He was never honest with her & instructs him to go to Hollywood & tell her how he feels. The song "White Christmas" became a huge hit with this movie. It's sung twice. The first time, Bing is teaching it to Reynolds on the piano & they sing a duet with his coaching. The second time, at the end, it's an unplanned duet. Reynolds is singing it on a sound stage "mock-up" of the Inn, once again at a piano. She finds that at the same spot in the song as Bing had done earlier, she picks up his pipe & rings bells on a tree. Then Bing begins to whistle in the wings. Her solo is interrupted as Bing then sings a line or two. The song isn't completed this time! In the later film, Bing sings the immortal song "just like the record". "Easter Parade" was another Irving Berlin hit from this movie. It would inspire another Astaire movie later with that title.

This is not a perfect film but it has been an inspiration to me (& to others). The Inn is timeless. I can always re-visit every year or so & the comedy, songs & dance are eternal. Styles change. If "Jim Hardy's" Holiday Inn had been a real place, it probably wouldn't survive. The resorts of the Catskills, such as those in "Dirty Dancing" fell to changing times. Jim probably would have had to have rock acts in the 1950's (or Rap in the 1990's)! But I can always go home to this Inn & know what kind of enertainment is on tap. And also enjoy Mamie's cooking!

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