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 »
Near the end of the movie, Emma, Judy and Betty dash out of the far side of the entryway, supposedly to get to the backstage, in the opposite direction. By the size of the 'inn' (set) it would have taken them several minutes to get there, yet Emma - within one minute - is calmly standing just inside the barn to welcome the General to his surprise. 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 »
If this isn't the all-time great Christmas movie, it's pretty close!
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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