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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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World's First Motion Picture in VISTAVISION The Ultimate in Screen Presentation See more »


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14 October 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's White Christmas  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney both died at the same age: 74. See more »

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The enormous chorus of singers and dancers in the musical numbers, not to mention the army of technicians and musicians required to put on the "little show" at the General's inn, are nowhere evident in the story scenes. It would obviously take an immensely larger accommodation than the inn to house them, anyway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
General Harold G. Carlton: Stop the jeep, Sergeant. What's this all about, Captain?
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Crazy Credits

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 Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

What Can You Do With a General?
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Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby
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This Is Definitely My Favorite of the Classic Holiday Films!
3 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I know, we've heard it all before, how the film, Holiday Inn is superior to this offering, but you'd never convince me of that! I adore this film, it's fun, innocent, lively, has wonderful tunes and a top-notch cast. My holiday viewing will never be complete until I've watched this film at least a half dozen times and probably more during the holiday season. It's one of those 'feel good films' and this Christmas fanatic highly recommends settling in with some good snacks and simply enjoying yourself and this true holiday classic. The DVD is a must-have, as it offers a wonderful commentary with the late-great Rosemary Clooney.


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