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Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank 

A special Christmas-themed musical-variety episode guest starring Bing Crosby.

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In the only episode of this series filmed in color (but probably broadcast only in black-and-white), legendary crooner Bing Crosby is guest star. Crosby joins Sinatra in performing many classic Christmas songs, among them Sinatra's version of "Mistetoe and Holly" and Crosby's famed "White Christmas". Some of the songs are performed on a set with a backdrop of Victorian England; other songs were performed on a set that resembled a hip late-1950's bachelor apartment. This episode has been released in color on DVD. Written by Joseph

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20 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Because Bing Crosby liked to pre-record his music in the morning and lip synch on film and Frank Sinatra preferred to record live in the evening, the musical "duets" were recorded ten hours apart with only soft piano accompaniment. Nelson Riddle overrode the piano with the orchestra during editing. See more »

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Bing Crosby: [handing his coat and hat to the houseboy] You want to grab the drape there, Leon? Get the skimmer?
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Deck the Halls
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Traditional English Carol, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby
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A Songfest of Carols Featuring Two Great Stars
28 December 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Filmed in color but broadcast in black and white, HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK has a scenario where Crosby visits Sinatra's house in preparation for Christmas, and the two of them sing songs in celebration of the occasion. There is a minimal plot - as Crosby picks up a book, looks out of the window, or enjoys Sinatra's company. What matters more is that viewers should enjoy the sight of two legendary stars at the peak of their powers.

All the famous songs are there: the program ends with Crosby looking out of a window towards the camera and singing "White Christmas." Sinatra joins in to the sound of heavenly choirs off-set, leaving a general feelgood mood to end the program with.

The orchestrations are lush and romantic, but what else would viewers expect from Nelson Riddle and his orchestra, who provided the arrangements for many of Sinatra's best albums, recorded at the the time when this program was broadcast (e.g. "Songs for Swingin' Lovers")?

The mood is a sentimental one, but then as it is Christmas, director Sinatra (and writer William Morrow) were deliberately seeking to attract as large an audience as possible. Although over fifty-five years old, HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK is still worth looking at, if only for the sight of two great singers appearing together (they had previously appeared in HIGH SOCIETY (1956)).


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