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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(309 articles)
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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)
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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
Country:
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 song, "What Can You Do with a General?", which Leonard Maltin calls Irving Berlin's least memorable tune, was originally written for an unproduced project called "Stars on My Shoulders".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "Mandy" number, Betty is seen at the top of the production number set then seconds later on the stage with the rest of the performers near the end of the number.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:
Soundtrack:
Count Your Blessings Instead of SheepSee more »

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51 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Count me in with the saps who absolutely love this movie., 13 October 2001
Author: bobj-3

"White Christmas" is guilty of many of the sins catalogued by other commentators: its got a sappy story line, predictable plot twists, it plays outrageously for sentiment and patriotism (not your usual Christmas theme!). But I confess to having loved it from the first moment I saw it nearly a half century ago. I, too, like many, make it a point to view it every Christmas season, along with much better holiday fare such as "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Miracle on 34th Street." I think, contrary to many folks, that Danny Kaye succeeds in the second lead role better than Fred Astaire did in "Holiday Inn," and while he isn't given an opportunity for his patented zaniness, he adds a thoroughgoing charm to the role that sometimes the rather stiff Astaire lacks.

Rosemary Clooney is lovely in the rather thankless role of the practical sister and was at the peak of her genius as a pop singer, Vera-Ellen does her usually charming thing, and Crosby! The master implants his genius in virtually every frame. In supporting roles veteran character actor Dean Jagger is splendid as the general, while Mary Wickes steals every scene she's in as the nosy hotel housekeeper, Emma. The singing and dancing are first-rate (even without Astaire), and the songs by Irving Berlin are among his very best, including a number of tunes written especially for the film. One that never ceases to charm me is the trifle, "Snow," sung by our four stars in the dining car of the railroad train bound from Florida to Vermont. What a magical moment, among many in this thoroughly delightful, if flawed, jewel.

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