Holiday Inn (1942)
Singer Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) is tired of living night to night as a stage crooner and he wants to live the luxury life on a farm far outside the city. His partner Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire) is exactly the opposite, loving the spotlight as a dancer. As Jim departs for his farm, his supposed fiance abandons him for Ted and the spotlight. Accepting his fate Jim moves on but discovers that farm living isn’t quite as relaxing as he thought it would be. So he decides to put his imagination to work and turns his farm-house into a sort of club that is only open on the holidays and the performances fit the holiday called Holiday Inn. When he ventures into the city to tell Ted about his plan he bumps into Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) who will do anything to work with him. Jim is soon head over heals for Linda but when Ted shows up he mucks up all the works as usual and attempts to steal the girl like before. Also starring Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers and Irving Bacon.
Holiday Inn is one of those classic films that represents everything great about old Hollywood musicals. The combination of Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby is one that we know works because Bing’s singing compliments Astaire’s dancing. Holiday Inn is all about the music, without it the film definitely would not be the success it was and is. Notable songs include “White Christmas” which first appeared in this movie and led eventually to the film of the same name. Other recognizable tunes – “Easter Parade,” “Be Careful It’s My Heart,” “Let’s Say It With Firecrackers,” “Let’s Start the New Year Right,” and the semi-controversial “Abraham.” At just 100 minutes the short running time means you get back to back songs that actually move the plot along themselves. Holiday Inn is a great movie to enjoy as a family during the Christmas season.
10/10 Stars – A movie that will set your heart soaring through song and dance!
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