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Holiday Inn (1942)

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Elmer Rice (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Jim Hardy
Fred Astaire ... Ted Hanover
Marjorie Reynolds ... Linda Mason
Virginia Dale ... Lila Dixon
Walter Abel ... Danny Reed
Louise Beavers ... Mamie
Irving Bacon ... Gus
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... François
James Bell ... Dunbar
John Gallaudet ... Parker
Shelby Bacon Shelby Bacon ... Vanderbilt
Joan Arnold Joan Arnold ... Daphne
Bob Crosby Orchestra Bob Crosby Orchestra ... Orchestra (as Bob Crosby's Band)
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Storyline

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn See more »

Filming Locations:

Monte Rio, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. Crosby sang four different Oscar-winning songs in his films. See more »

Goofs

When Lila gives Linda a lift to Holiday Inn, Linda gets in the car, sits down, and starts to close the door. In the next shot, Linda hops into the car again. See more »

Quotes

Jim Hardy: [Handing a cup of coffee to Ted] Here, take a slug out of the mug.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve See more »


Soundtracks

(I've Got) Plenty to Be Thankful For
(1942) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby from a record on Thanksgiving Day
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Holiday Inn is an uplifting and heartwarming remembrance that is a legend in its own right.
28 November 2003 | by budmasseySee all my reviews

In any endeavor there are greats, and there are legends. Bing Crosby crooned his way to the latter status years before this movie, and he is in fine voice here. It is such a shame that things like talent aren't present in music anymore, but if you want to remember it, this is a great vehicle. Irving Berlin, Crosby's long time friend, wrote magical numbers for the film, including the unforgettable White Christmas.

Fred Astaire gave a tour de force performance, singing, and, of course, dancing his way through this delightful piece in rare form. It is said that he worked so hard during rehearsals that he wasted away to 85 pounds by the time he filmed the firecracker number. He might just as well have been weightless, because he defies gravity with his every move.

Marjorie Reynolds was seriously outclassed in a role that was intended for Mary Martin, who probably could have improved the chemistry of the starring cast. Reynolds nevertheless does a creditable job, and Holiday Inn remains her finest hour.

Years later, Paramount undertook a vastly inferior remake entitled White Christmas, which failed to capture a fraction of the magic of Holiday Inn. Astaire was replaced with funny man Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney gave it her torch song damndest, but it didn't gel. Holiday Inn has more wit, sincerity, charm and, despite being over a decade older, freshness. Holiday Inn is an uplifting and heartwarming remembrance that is a legend in its own right.


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