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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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the color of the re-used set in "White Christmas", it appears that the hotel set was actually painted gray, which would make sense not wasting color paint on a black-and-white movie set. See more »

Goofs

When Jim Hardy plays the bells on the Christmas tree at Holiday Inn, he hits the two bells twice, but in both cases, gets different tones the second time. This happens again, almost identically, when Linda Mason plays the bells on the movie set. See more »

Quotes

Ted Hanover: A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve See more »

Connections

Referenced in That '70s Show: The Best Christmas Ever (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Abraham
(1942) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Played by the Bob Crosby Orchestra in blackface at the Holiday Inn
Sung on Lincoln's birthday by Bing Crosby, Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) in blackface, Chorus, and Louise Beavers with Shelby Bacon and Joan Arnold
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What's there not to like?
26 December 2004 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

This movie has so much and if you can make the chemistry thing the sparking between Bing and Fred and ignore the sidebar romances that don't quite grab you, then you will truly enjoy it. "White Christmas" - the first performance of the standard and it always grabs me. And I must have seen it fifty plus times. The dancing scene with Fred and the firecrackers, stupendous, incredible, how DID he do it?? Forget the blackface bits, slightly offensive, even considering the era. And the rah-rah-rah for WW2. Evocative of 1942 and FDR. Everything comes together beautifully down to the encore of "White Christmas" and Bing in the best of voice all through. Story is just about zero and no credibility - imagine an inn open fifteen days of the year with an enormous cast for the floor show (with full orchestra, no less). Bankrupt after the payroll for one holiday would be my guess :>). But lovely and nostalgic and worth watching over and over, just for the boys, Fred and Bing. 7 out of 10.


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