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
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Audiences have long been struck by dancer John Brascia's curious lack of integration into the film's plot despite his partnering of Vera-Ellen on three of the more strenuous dance numbers ("Abraham," "Mandy" and "Choreography"). The film was heavily into pre-production when an injury forced Donald O'Connor to withdraw from the role of Phil Davis, the initial idea having been to re-team O'Connor and Vera-Ellen following their memorable pairing in the previous year's Call Me Madam (1953). Danny Kaye was quickly drafted into the role, and while he was able to hold his own in several of the partnering routines (notably "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing"), he did not possess the technique for the remainder of them. As Robert Alton had already choreographed the film and was due to move on to another project, Brascia, a fine ensemble dancer, was called in to avoid the cost of re-staging. This resulted in Danny Kaye's noticeable lack of presence in the musical numbers, so Alton hastily added the comedian into "Choreography," doing a flamboyant parody of Martha Graham that many critics and audiences considered ill-advised. Brascia later partnered Cyd Charisse in the memorable "Frankie and Johnny" ballet in Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) See more »
Waverly comes to the stairs in the final scene and the women have stopped short of the stairs. The camera moves to the wide shot and comes back to the general and the women are stepping back again. See more »
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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Can you believe it? I have seen over 400 "Christmas Movies" and I finally saw "White Christmas" last night. I know that after "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" "White Christmas" must be one of the best known Christmas theme movies.
For some reason I avoided this movie. I think I did see parts of it over the years but it never held my interest. It had to be 30+ years since I last saw clips from the film. Now in 2017 I finally saw it all the way through and I am glad I did. Its a fun film but, not great film. I think however the older you are the more you will enjoy it.
On Christmas Eve, 1944, somewhere in Europe, two World War II U.S. Army soldiers, one a Broadway entertainer, Captain Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby), the other an aspiring entertainer, Private Phil Davis (Danny Kaye), perform for the 151st Division. But, word has come down that their beloved commanding officer, Major General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger), is being relieved of his command. He arrives for the end of the show and delivers an emotional farewell.
Years later they run into the General who now own & runs a resort. The resort is struggling. They vow to help save his resort.
The film is well worth seeing. Rosemary Clooney was a great singer and she shines in this. Watching Vera Ellen dance is worth the purchase of a DVD.
Now if you are under 30 you might not like this. However the older you are the more you understand the motives of the people in the film.
Don't miss this!
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