White Christmas (1954)
Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) saved the life of famous singer Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) when they were fighting together in the Army during WWII. As thanks for doing so Phil convinces Bob to team up with him as a singing and dancing duo. The two become extremely successful, if a little over worked at times. So Phil has made it his mission to set Bob up with someone so he settles down and Phil can “get a massage or something.” As chance would have it they meet up with Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera-Ellen), a sister song-and-dance act. Bob is smitten with Betty from the start. As the girls travel to Vermont for a job over the Christmas holiday, Bob and Phil go with them. There they encounter their former commander, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), who as the owner of the ski lodge has fallen on some hard times. So with the help of Betty and Judy, Bob and Phil set out to help the General in their own special way. Along the way the group meets with some misunderstandings but as you would expect it all turns out right in the end. Also starring Mary Wickes as Emma and Anne Whitfield as Susan Waverly.
I will be up front with you, my review of White Christmas is completely and unabashedly biased! It is my favorite holiday movie and is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. If I don’t watch it then Christmas can’t be official. All the songs in White Christmas were written by the famous song writer Irving Berlin. And while you might think that this marks the first appearance of the song White Christmas, that isn’t actually true. The song first was heard in the movie Holiday Inn, also starring Bing Crosby, which is another of my favorite holiday movies. The music is what makes the movie here. You have fabulous song and dance numbers without them being out of place because that is the profession of the main characters after all. Songs like “Sisters,” “Snow,” “Gee, I wish I was Back in the Army” and of course “White Christmas” will all get stuck in your head. I think my favorite is when Crosby and Kaye perform the Sisters song…hilarious. Aside from the music you have a great little story fueled by Phil’s mission to find Bob a wife. You root for both couples the whole time! I think everyone should own a copy of this one and watch it at least once a year.
10/10 Stars – Christmas just isn’t Christmas if I don’t watch White Christmas!
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