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White Christmas -- After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
White Christmas -- Open-ended Trailer from Paramount Pictures
White Christmas -- Clip: General Waverly
White Christmas -- Clip: Where's The Snow?
White Christmas -- Clip: It's Betty

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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:
I'm dreaming of... WHITE CHRISTMAS! See more (160 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)
Luigi Faccuito ... Dancer (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)
Roy Palmer ... Dancer (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" - Australia (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
120 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:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #16919) | West Germany:12 (f) (fr.nf)

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Trivia:
Third of three films to feature Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas". The other two are Holiday Inn (1942) and Blue Skies (1946).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: While the quartet is singing "Snow" on the train to Vermont, shadows of the crew and camera can be seen on the table's edge as the camera pulls back.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 Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Minstrel ShowSee more »

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66 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
I'm dreaming of... WHITE CHRISTMAS!, 19 November 2000
Author: Ashley (classicfilmbroad@aol.com) from North Carolina

I absolutely ADORE this movie! Have since the first time I saw it! Sure... some may classify it as simply a "feel-good" movie, but what's wrong with that? Some may also classify it as pure schmaltz, but the movie truly does have it's sad points... like the priceless look on General Waverly's face whenever he enters the room where everyone who had been under his division is awaiting his arrival!

The movie has a truly wonderful musical score, not to mention some VERY kick butt dancing!

Bing Crosby is charming as Bob Wallace, a calm and reserved, yet witty and delightful and wise-cracking, and somewhat cynical kind of guy. Bing truly performed to his greatest. And his vocal talent is enormous, not to mention evident throughout the entire movie! It's a real treat to see him crack up when he and Danny Kaye are performing their rendition of "Sisters"!

Danny Kaye is hilarious as Phil Davis, the foil to calm and cool Bob. Phil, too, is full of wise-cracks, and very intent on getting Bob to settle down. Danny gave such a life to his character, portraying him like no other! His best one liner was when a young blonde with voice like nails on a chalk board says to him (after his phoney engagment to Judy) "I sure wish it would happen to me!") to which he replies "So do I!"

Rosemary Clooney is absolutely riveting as Betty Haynes, the older of the two Haynes sisters. She is the most calm and most subdued. She is looking for her "knight on the white horse" in life. Rosemary played Betty to the fullest, making her every bit as believable as you could imagine! And that voice... GOLDEN! A gift from God! It's a true treasure to see her in her solo "Love (You Didn't Do Right By Me)". She's absolutely marvelous and extremely talented.

Vera-Ellen is refreshingly delightful as Judy Haynes, the younger and more naive Haynes sister. Judy is also the dreamer of the two. Vera-Ellen does a wonderfully through job of portraying Judy! She is a perfect foil to her older sister. And those dancing stems... to see her dance in numbers like "Mandy" and "Choreography" is a real treat! How ANYONE could ever dance as well as she is beyond me! She really did a great job in this movie, even better than her performance in "On The Town" with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett.

A GREAT MOVIE!!!! GREAT CAST CHEMISTRY!!!! GREAT MUSIC!!!! GREAT DANCING!!!! WATCH IT AND YOU WILL SOON BE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!

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