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.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Norman Panama (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye ... Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney ... Betty Haynes
Vera-Ellen ... Judy Haynes (as Vera Ellen)
Dean Jagger ... Major General Thomas F. Waverly
Mary Wickes ... 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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Taglines:

IRVING BERLIN'S WONDERFUL "WHITE CHRISTMAS" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Doris, the chorine whose stock response to any greeting is "Mutual, I'm sure," was played by Barrie Chase, who went on to partner Fred Astaire in his Emmy-winning series of television specials. In addition to scores of uncredited appearances in movie musicals, Chase also played brainy stripper Torchy LaRue opposite Tommy Sands in Twentieth Century-Fox's Mardi Gras (1958) and, memorably, Sylvester's (Dick Shawn) hysterically deadpan twist partner in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

Goofs

During the "Minstrel Show" number, the words go: "Oh, Mister Bones! That's terrible!... Ah, ha!... Yes, Mister Bones, that's terrible!... Oh, ho!" Watch Phil. He flubs the lip-sync and mixes up the "Oh, ho!" and the "Ah, ha!" Apparently, Bob and Betty noticed because, for a few seconds, it looks like they're trying not to laugh. But the pre-recorded soundtrack covers up any giggles that might have been happening. 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 »


Soundtracks

Heat Wave
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the montage
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Holiday classic through and through
20 December 2003 | by kennethdcollinsSee all my reviews

At the ripe young age of 28, I enjoy this movie more and more as the years go by. While it honestly has very few Christmasy scenes, no movie puts me in the Christmas mood more or faster than this one. For the humbugs that don't like it, they simply don't get it. It's heartwarming and delightful from beginning to end. Though somewhat cheesy, for a true fan, the cheese is just as good as the bread on either end. I personally fell in love with it because I'm a huge Danny Kaye fan, but the entire cast is wonderful. I grew up with movies like this thanks to my mother and grandmother, and I guarantee my kids will do the same. If you haven't seen it, do so. If you love it, grab some cocoa and join the rest of us in front the big screen. If you don't, then shame on you and a Merry Christmas anyway.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1954 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's White Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,045, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$928,298

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,099,207
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Perspecta Stereo (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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