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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 »
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User Reviews:
".........just like the ones we used to know." See more (149 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)
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The photo that Vera-Ellen shows to Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of her brother, Bennie, is actually a photo of Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the start of his surprise party, General Waverly blows out the candles on the cake at his table. At the very end of the movie the candles are lit again.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:
The Best Things Happen When You're DancingSee more »

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60 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
".........just like the ones we used to know.", 11 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

By 1954 the song White Christmas had become such a timeless classic that it was inevitable that a film would be made around it. And of course the star would be none other than Bing Crosby. But who to star with him.

Originally this was to be the third Irving Berlin outing for Bing and Fred Astaire. Then Donald O'Connor was to co-star, but finally Danny Kaye teamed with Der Bingle. Proved to be a felicitous combination.

By then Rosemary Clooney had worked in a few films well and more importantly, she had clicked with Crosby on the radio. Bing had teamed with several girl singers over the years, like Connee Boswell, Frances Langford, Mary Martin, Trudy Erwin, Carole Richards, Peggy Lee and a trio of sisters named Andrews. But he always said Rosemary Clooney was it for him and besides Mary Martin, the only other one who did became a leading lady for him.

It's not remembered because of the success of her solo career, but Rosemary Clooney started as a duo with her sister Betty who retired early to raise a family. So with Vera-Ellen as her sister in the movie, that was an aspect of the plot Rosemary could handle with ease.

The plot such as it is involves Bing and Danny as a song and dance duo who've expanded into the production end of show business. Through a little bit of a con game worked by Vera Ellen, the two meet a singing sister act like the Clooney sisters were. The sisters turn out to be headed to Vermont to work at a resort and the smitten guys go along with them.

Problem is there ain't any snow there. It's an unheard of 68 degrees Fahrenheit in early December. And the place is owned by Crosby and Kaye's former commander from World War II, played by Dean Jagger. He's about to lose his shirt and his pride. So our intrepid quartet go to work.

Irving Berlin's score for White Christmas is about half new songs and the other half from previous scores. That's how it was when you got Irving to work for you. Listen carefully even to the background music. You will not hear one note of a non-Berlin song.

One of those songs was a personal favorite of mine, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep. I recall in grade school in Brooklyn it was a song that the teachers had us sing in the school assemblies. Little did I know that it was introduced by the guy who proved to be my favorite entertainer. It's a patented philosophical Bing Crosby song that he did best and it serves as a ballad to woo and win Rosie. Bing sings it and then Rosie joins him in the reprise.

Danny Kaye has two good numbers. The first The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing is clearly originally for Fred Astaire, though Kaye and Vera Ellen make a lovely couple on the dance floor. The Choreography number I think was also done for Astaire, but here dancer John Brascia does the complicated dance routine while Kaye sings. I'm sure Astaire would have handled both jobs had the film been made with him.

All the stars do the Minstrel Show/Mandy number, but Vera Ellen really shines in it. She was a great dancer, really sparkled in every film she did.

Besides Sisters, Rosemary Clooney has a grand torch ballad that sold a few platters for her in Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me. She had a wonderful singing voice and the most impeccable diction of any female singer ever. You don't miss one throbbing word on any of her ballads.

White Christmas was Paramount's first film done in their wide screen process called VistaVision. And of course it was proper that their number one star for over 20 years be in this film. Of course jokes about Bing's derrière and the wide screen got into the repertoire of a certain comedian named Hope.

Just like the song that inspired it, White Christmas has proved to be a timeless holiday classic and will remain so.

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