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Comedy Movies - White Christmas

BUY White Christmas (dvd cover)
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Paramount 1954
120 minutes

White Christmas is without a doubt a classic Christmas movie. Not only does it feature classic Irving Berlin Christmas songs like White Christmas (first seen in Holiday Inn with, again, Bing Crosby). It also includes other great seasonal tunes like Count Your Blessings, Snow, as well as other less winter time tunes like We'll Follow The Old Man and Sisters. The DVD includes as a special feature a retrospective with star Rosemary Clooney.

The plot here is the old Hollywood standard "Let's put on a show" made famous by Andy Rooney and Judy Garland. Basically two army vets now a successful vaudeville act, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, meet a sister act, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The boys decide to follow the girls to their gig in a Vermont Inn only to discover the Inn in question is experiencing financial difficulties because of the lack of snow and, because it is run by their army commander, the General (played by Dean Jagger). Of course, the boys and the gals put on a show to save the Inn and all is well that ends well in a White Christmas

The secondary plot in White Christmas has to do with the romance between the Clooney and Crosby characters. At first she mistrusts Phil Davis (Bing Crosby) and wonders why he is such a nice guy wanting to help out and so on. This wee bit of cynicism is soon cured by the season and the success of the Christmas show they put on.

White Christmas, much like Holiday Inn (another Bing Crosby seasonal offering) is your basic feel good movie with lots of dance numbers and feel good moments that the whole family can safely enjoy. All you need is warm cocoa or eggnog to complete the experience



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