White Christmas (1954)

DailyView: Day 240, Movie 331

I was not expecting to see this movie start off with a scene from World War II. White Christmas is a classic Christmas film that has only a tangential connection to the holiday, but features Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in all their glory.

After saving his life during the war, Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) convinced musical star Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) that they would work better as a theatrical pair when the war was over. With great success, they stop off to see a new group, the Haynes Sisters. Judy (Vera-Ellen) and Betty (Rosemary Clooney). They hit it off and they wind up at the same place in Vermont. an inn owned by their beloved former General, Thomas Waverly (Dean Jagger). The unexpected lack of snow has caused financial struggles for the General. Wallace and David decided that they would help the general out by putting on their show.

There was a lot of great music. Again though, the only Christmas music is White Christmas which is done at the beginning and at the very end.

The dancing is brilliantly choreographed, especially the first dance scene with Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. That dance routine to “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” is so spectacular.

The film is totally sweet and I can see where some people may think it was too much. There were typical misunderstandings involved in the plot that cause problems that could be overcome with just some communication. Thanks a lot, Mary Wickes (who played the nosy Emma).

There are some great parts tot eh film. It might be a bit too long, but the music and dance were fantastic and Bing Crosby, and especially, Danny Kaye were wonderful.

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