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White Christmas (1954)

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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Bob Wallace
... Phil Davis
... Betty Haynes
... Judy Haynes (as Vera Ellen)
... Major General Thomas F. Waverly
... Emma Allen
John Brascia ... John
Anne Whitfield ... Susan Waverly
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Having left the Army following 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, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. Written by Norman Cook <cook@ssdgwy.mdc.com>

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First and unforgettable picture in VISTAVISION See more »


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14 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas  »

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$30,000,000
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(Western Electric Recording)| (optical prints)

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1.85 : 1
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The song "Snow" was written by Irving Berlin many years before the film. It was originally called "Free," and included a different subject and lyrics specific to the show for which it was written, Call Me Madam. Berlin rewrote the song with a winter theme for "White Christmas." The original song, "Free," was initially published as a single sheet with the rest of Call Me Madam's score but was withdrawn from circulation once it was deleted from the show during its out of town tryout. Rare copies of the song can still be found. See more »

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When Judy and Phil finish their dance in Florida they are close to the water. When Bob and Betty come to get them, they are obviously much closer to the nightclub. See more »

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[first lines]
General Harold G. Carlton: Stop the jeep, Sergeant. What's this all about, Captain?
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This film was the first feature to use the VistaVision Paramount logo. A new logo, created especially for wide-screen, this logo appears more realistic and features a shot of a canyon with trees around it. The sky is more distant in depth and is full of contrast. The Paramount logo is pretty much the same as before here. The screen credit "Paramount (with the "P" written in their corporate font) proudly presents the first picture in" first appears over the mountain, and then the VistaVision logo appears, then the Paramount logo plays as usual (with the final notes of the Paramount on Parade march, followed by a bell sound). The Paramount mountain, with minor variations until 1986, served as the basis for the company logo for more than 30 years. See more »

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Referenced in Christmas with the Kranks (2004) See more »

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Minstrel Show
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Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney
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If this isn't the all-time great Christmas movie, it's pretty close!
24 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Sorry, Jimmy! My apologies, Alistair! My all-time favorite Christmas was, is, and always will be, "White Christmas." First of all, there's that wonderful Irving Berlin score. "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and "Sisters" have become standards, of course. But, towering above them all, is Bing Crosby's definitive performance of the beloved Christmas favorite that he practically owned. All the performances are top-drawer, what with Bing, Danny Kaye (In a role meant for Donald O'Connor), Rosie Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, and Mary Wickes, who, as you can see here, was playing nasty old things even when she was a nasty young thing!

Corny, syrupy, kitsch. Perhaps it is all of that, to some. But, to unashamed sentimentalists like me, "White Christmas" will always be THE all-time great Christmas movie, particularly when viewed by the whole family, on Christmas Day, in front of the fireplace.

God bless Bing, Berlin, and company, for making a lot of Holidays that much happier, including those of the Sorrentino family!


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