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Director:
Writers:
Norman Krasna (written for the screen by) &
Norman Panama (written for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
First and unforgettable picture in VISTAVISION See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Sometimes the audience knows better than the critics! See more (148 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Anne Whitfield ... Susan Waverly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bea Allen ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Bayley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mae Bruce ... Lady in Depot (uncredited)
Tony Butala ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
Glen Cargyle ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Dancer (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Doris Lenz (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Rita (uncredited)
Robert Crosson ... Albert (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Carousel Club's Maitre d' (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Ex-Staff Officer (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... 2nd Conductor (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Carousel Club Extra (uncredited)
Ernie Flatt ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Carousel Club Extra (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... General Harold G. Carlton (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Ed Harrison (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Station Master (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Carousel Club's Stage Manager (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Ex-Soldier (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Rehearsal Blonde (uncredited)
Peggy McKim ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
Leighton Noble ... Bandleader (uncredited)
James Parnell ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Ex-Soldier (uncredited)
Sig Ruman ... Landlord (uncredited)
Richard Shannon ... Joe, Adjutant Captain (uncredited)
Dick Stabile ... Band Leader at the Carousel Club (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Mr. Herring, General's Party Guest (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Carousel Club Extra (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Novello, Nightclub Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (written for the screen by) &
Norman Panama (written for the screen by) &
Melvin Frank (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Robert Emmett Dolan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gus Levene (uncredited)
Joseph J. Lilley (uncredited)
Van Cleave (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Coonan .... assistant director (as John Coonan)
Richard Caffey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Lyle Figland .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Harold Knettles .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... stager: dances and musical numbers
Joseph J. Lilley .... music director
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Van Cleave .... orchestral arranger
Michael Behan .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gloria Wood .... background singer: Vera-Ellen (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Bob Fosse .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" - Australia, UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
120 min | UK:115 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Perspecta Stereo (optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1954) | Norway:7 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16919) | West Germany:12 (f) (fr.nf)

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Trivia:
The TV camera in the Ed Harrison Show scene is a real one (a classic RCA monochrome) the call sign atop it was real as well - it was that of Channel 4, NBC's (and thus RCA's) flagship station in New York, which changed its call sign to WRCA-TV the year of the film's release. (They adopted their current WNBC-TV calls in 1960.)See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The Columbia Inn Station Wagon that picks them up at the train station has a black and yellow California license plate when they are suppose to be in Vermont.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
General Harold G. Carlton:Stop the jeep, Sergeant. What's this all about, Captain?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Emmerdale: Episode #1.3631" (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
What Can You Do With a General?See more »

FAQ

Is 'White Christmas' based on a book?
What is 'White Christmas' about?
How old were the four major actors when the movie was made?
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63 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes the audience knows better than the critics!, 11 November 1999
Author: djkent from Portland, Oregon

Over the years, I've read a number of professional critics' reviews of this film; almost all were mildly to severely negative. And here's the interesting thing: I don't disagree with most of the individual carps. Yes, the movie is a piece of fluff. Yes,the usually dependable Danny Kaye is a bit weak in his performance. Yes, the plot mechanism for inserting many of the production numbers is lame. Heck, even the continuity is poor...I myself have discovered three noticeable continuity fluffs. But here's the thing. The movie works, anyway!!! Bing and Danny nevertheless make a likeable "Mutt and Jeff" duo. The supporting cast all holds their own, from a radiant (and surprisingly voluptuous) Rosemary Clooney, to the astoundingly agile Vera Ellen, to Dean Jagger's Patton-like General Waverly...they all hit their marks very well. The plot-line is unbelievable. Who cares? This is a feel-good Christmas Movie, for cryin' out loud! The production numbers are sheer fun, the plot doesn't get in the way of all the beauty and great music, the actors are obviously having a good time, and we're all allowed to window-peep on the shenanigans. This is the PERFECT movie to put on after Macy's Parade, while all those who don't like football are helping prep for the big Turkey Day meal. You sneak a bit of dressing or cranberry sauce, and watch a production number. The plot is so user-friendly, missing five minutes here and there doesn't hurt. Treat yourself. Discover why millions of views have made this movie a holiday favorite, despite the critics' opinions!

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