Sunday, December 5, 2010

White Christmas (1954)....I am dreaming of a white xmas!!!!

White Christmas (1954) / Paramount Pictures
Directed By: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger & Mary Wickes

Tagline: "Joyous entertainment for every season, any year!"

Fun Facts:
  • First film made in VistaVision which was a wide-screen process and twice the surface of the ordinary film. 
  • Film was adapted into a Broadway Musical in 2004.
  • Original sountrack features rather than the voice of Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee due to the fact that by the time it was time to go into the recording sessions Rosemary Clooney's contract with Columbia Records made it impossible to record with another label other than her own. Rosemary's voice is missing from the original recording sountrack.  
  • the cast on set during filming

During World War II, two great friends Bob Wallace (Crosby) and Phil Davis (Kaye) fought together in the same army troop. Davis and Wallace decide once they get out of the war to start a great singing/dancing team together. They hit it big and go on the road and television and make a name for themselves. During this time Davis meets the lovely Haynes sisters whom are doing a show at a club and he is smitten with them! Betty Haynes (Clooney) is the oldest of the two and is very protective of her little sister. The eldest sister is the elegant and torch song singer while the younger Haynes sister being Judy (Ellen) is very leggy and a very talented dancer.

Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellan singing "Sisters"

Judy is very outgoing and wants to loosen her big sister's control over her. Judy and Phil find each other very smitten with one another and then decide to play cupid with Wallace and Betty whom are dead set against the idea. The Haynes sister's also bestow onto the team of Wallace & Davis information that is interesting which is that the Haynes brother was in the same army unit as they were in, they remeber him and he has no resemblence to them at all! The Haynes sisters have not hit it big yet and owe several creditors a lot of compensation so this is where Wallace and Davis decide to help them escape the police from the debt and move up and onwards! With the help of the two gentlemen the Haynes Sisters will be a great act hitting the big time.

Davis decides to make a bit of a switch in his acts plans of a trip and follow the lovely Haynes sisters to Vermont for Christmas where they are slated to do shows at a local inn. All of this reveals many lovely opportunities for great tunes from the famed writer Irving Berlin. To Wallace and Davis's surprise the inn they are all attending is owned and runned by there old Commanding Officer, Major General Tom Waverly (Jagger) with the help of a funny assistant Emma Allen (Wickes). They find out some horrible information that the floor show is no longer required due to the fact that the Waverly is going to have to forgo the inn and go bankrupt due to the poor attendance since the lack of snow. This makes all four parties decide to help in a big way to save the inn. Wallace and Davis bring the entire Broadway show along with the cast to the inn of "Playing Around" that they are part of and place the Haynes sisters in it as well. Some drama ensues but all of these four are there to save the day and do see a "White Christmas" after all!!!
Bing Crosy, Danny Kaye & Rosemary Clooney doing a Minstrel Show!

Rosemary Clooney singing, "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me"

Some great noteable musical numbers in the film: "Snow!" "Sisters" "White Christmas (finale)" "Minstrel Number" ""Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" & "Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army" this is one of the best Chrsitmas classics and a must see during the holiday season!


  1. Love this post Mason! I heart White Christmas! Oh how I can sing every song in this movie! My baby sister and me love to sing Sisters! I sing the Snow song anytime there is snow in the forecast. In the Army Now, Choreography, Mandy, Count your Blessings, and of course White Christmas! This is just a darling gem of a musical that has a very special place in my heart at Christmastime!

  2. I am soo happy that you enjoyed the posting for "White Christmas" thanks soo much for the kind words. Your enjoyment is exactly why I do this and of course my passion of classic movies and stars!!! I too am very partial to this holiday classic since when being very young always loved watching it over and over again and the dance numbers are great. LOVE Rosemary Clooney in this movie, she makes it for me!!!

  3. I never knew that Rosemary Clooney's voice wasn't in the original "White Christmas" recordings; what a shame! I think this is still my all-time favorite movie. I grew up on it, and so far I'm trying to force it on my children.