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(1942)

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For the "drunk" dance, Fred Astaire had two drinks of bourbon before the first take and one before each succeeding take. The seventh and last take was used in the film.
The firecracker dance sequence required 3 days of rehearsal and took two days to film. Fred Astaire's shoes for the dance were auctioned off for $116,000 worth of war bonds.
Until 1997, "White Christmas" was the best selling music single ever. It was passed at that time by "Goodbye, England's Rose", the Elton John rework of "Candle in the Wind" done for Princess Diana's funeral. These two songs still rank #1-2.
The set of the Holiday Inn (1942) was reused by Paramount 12 years later for the musical White Christmas (1954), also starring Bing Crosby and again with songs composed by Irving Berlin.
At the end of the first time Jim (Bing Crosby) and Linda (Marjorie Reynolds) sing "White Christmas" the fireplace seems to suddenly flare up and then die down. In an interview the Director (Mark Sandrich) admitted it happened when the stage hand controlling the gas flame in the fireplace turned the control valve the wrong way, up instead of down.
When Irving Berlin won an Oscar for his song "White Christmas" from this movie, he became the first artist to present himself with an Academy Award.
Kemmons Wilson, who founded the "Holiday Inn" motel chain in 1952, named it after this movie.
Some controversy surrounded the history of the song "White Christmas" when it was reported in a 1960 news item that Irving Berlin wrote the song in 1938. Had the song been published or introduced outside of the film, it would have been ineligible for an Academy Award nomination. But sources agree it was written for the film, copyrighted as unpublished in 1940 and then published along with the film's release in 1942.
Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. Crosby sang four different Oscar winning songs in his films.
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.
The animated Thanksgiving sequence is a topical reference to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's failed attempt to change the date of the holiday.
The Lincoln's Birthday sequence, "Abraham", is usually cut from showing on TV since all the actors are in blackface makeup.
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This movie is one of over 700 Paramount Productions filmed between 1929 and 1949 that were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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The first public performance of the song "White Christmas" was by Bing Crosby on his NBC radio show "The Kraft Music Hall" on Christmas Day, 1941, during the middle of filming Holiday Inn (1942), which was released seven months later. The song went on to become one of the biggest selling songs in the history of music. This was the first of three films to feature Crosby singing "White Christmas" and featuring Irving Berlin's music.
Marjorie Reynolds singing was dubbed by Martha Mears.
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The proceeds from the New York City premiere went to the Navy Relief Society.
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Bing Crosby's original "Rhythm Boys" partner Harry Barris plays the orchestra leader in the nightclub scenes.
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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."
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Dale Evans was brought to California to audition for the part of Linda Mason. After her first cross-country flight left her sick, agent Joe Rivkin rushed her to a beauty parlor and took her to the studio. He did most of the talking, but when she finally admitted she couldn't dance she was abandoned for the role. It did lead to a screen test for other roles though and an eventual one year contract at Fox, then work at Republic with Roy Rogers.
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Irving Berlin got the idea for the film after writing the song "Easter Parade" for his 1933 show "As Thousands Cheer", and planned to write a play about American holidays, but it never materialized. He later pitched the idea to Mark Sandrich who got the ball rolling for this film.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 11, 1943 with Bing Crosby reprising his film role. Dinah Shore appears as the female lead.
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A turning point in the life of Alan Sues, a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967), was an unauthorized visit to Paramount Studios as a teenager when he jumped a fence and watched a scene being filmed for the movie Holiday Inn (1942).
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When Linda Mason first arrives at Holiday Inn, the scene opens with Jim nailing the Holiday Inn sign to the roof. The soundtrack is off and the sound of the hammer hitting the nail is heard on the backswing, instead of when the hammer hits the nail. The rest of the soundtrack, however, is correctly synced.
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