White Christmas

White Christmas

DVD - 2009
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Two song-and-dance men team up in show business after the war. Joining forces with a sister act, they trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2009], [©2009]
Edition: Anniversary edition
ISBN: 9781415749746
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Wh
Description: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated
Alternative Title: Irving Berlin's White Christmas


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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen help bring a song-and-dance show to a Vermont inn to help out an old friend during Christmas. Lots of memorable songs here, including Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

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Dec 08, 2018

Absolutely love this movie! Watch it every Christmas; started watching it as a child with my parents. The singing, choreography, theatrics are wonderful, and it’s a tear-jerker too with a happy ending. Perfect casting!

Nov 16, 2018

Best movie I ever watched. It is a classic.

Dec 29, 2017

Always have to watch during the holidays! Love it!

Dec 14, 2017

I was not able to finish it due to scratches but what I did see was very entertaining. I can see why it is a classic and I can't believe I have waited this long to finally watch it. I'll have to finish it on Netflix, which I recommend if you wanted to watch it.

Dec 12, 2017

I finally watched White Christmas for the first time, and I liked it. The plot is thin, but the songs and dancing make up for that. I especially enjoyed Rosemary Clooney's performance. I also recently watched Holiday Inn for the first (and probably only) time, and I liked White Christmas better.

Dec 17, 2016

Sure "White Christmas" is corny.

And, it is, indeed, saccharine-loaded, too.

And, yes, it certainly has some really mediocre musical and dance numbers, as well....

But regardless of all of that - White Christmas does seem to succeed at what it seemingly sets out to do - And, that is - Instill (in most of its viewers) a nostalgia for more care-free times and engage in those even a little bit of the "Christmas Spirit".

I mean - How can Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" not make you feel at least a tiny bit sentimental?

(Watch music-video of Elvis Presley (not Bing Crosby) singing "White Christmas"*)

P.S. - Gee. I wonder if VPL policewoman janice (Badge #21383) will find this movie "treacly" as well?

Nov 22, 2016

One of my favourite Christmas movies

Aug 29, 2016

VERY GOOD 1954 color (first in widescreen VistaVision) musical romance film. Interesting WWII era army elements (in an opening scene in pre-VE 1944 war-time Europe) the general declares 'There is no Christmas in the Army' while Captain Bing is putting on a show for the troops.
Lots of fun dancing/singing with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye - and I particularly enjoyed seeing Vera-Ellen (whose names appears without hyphen as Vera Ellen in opening credits). She does have an amazing tiny waist and apparently was a bit over dietary obsessed.
The post-war plot after Bing and Danny make it big on Broadway involving the Haynes sisters is fun - if somewhat dramatically weak with a bit whack plot twist when fun actress Mary Wickes as housekeeper Emma listening partially in on phone call mistakenly believes that her beloved boss will be portrayed as a pitiable figure in a nationwide broadcast and tells Betty (Rosemary Clooney) Haynes.
Of course, it all eventually works out and the film ends with the (especially amusing to me, a Vietnam Era veteran) song, 'Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army'. The Vermont setting/snow element adds a fun backdrop.
The film does occupy a high spot in vintage film history, is quite entertaining, and I'm glad I've now seen it.

Dec 19, 2015

This is one of the best Christmas movies ever! Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney have beautiful voices that add to the delightful storyline. The message of love and reaching out is vital to the story as exemplified in how Wallace and Davis help their old General who is down on their luck. Also, the costumes and sets are beautiful--these aspects really add to the story. Then, the dance numbers are sure to leave the audience enthralled, especially the dances with Vera Ellen. This is a film the whole family can sit down and watch together.

Nov 05, 2015

Bing Crosby is, as always, perfect, both in acting and singing, and Danny Kaye is an excellent actor, singer AND dancer. Rosemary Clooney is likable and high-class, but I found Vera-Ellen to be annoying and a little on the sleazy side, perhaps she was a little irritated due to the extreme diets she was on, but she is by no means a great actress or even a little bit likable. She is a talented dancer, so I suppose she was chosen for the role based on that, but with a country filled with talented dancers I can't help but wonder why she was chosen in the first place. She ruined the movie for me. And for a "family" movie that children will be watching, she tries too hard to be provocative and even 'slutty', particularly in some of her dance numbers. Not that she is that attractive, some of the costumes they put her in, especially when not dancing, make her look almost like an 'ant', with her body disproportionately separated at the waist and her figure is definitely underweight - a bad role model for children. It isn't like she is naturally slim, like many women are who are beautiful, she really looks like she is starving herself. She's very uncomfortable, always self-conscious and just plain full of herself. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are perfect gentleman and Rosemary Clooney is always a lady but with such a wonderful cast this could've been a perfect movie without Vera-Ellen. There are plenty of fine female dancers who can dance without bringing a base, animal-like aura to it. When the first reviewer said that this movie was not for children to watch, I believe that was a reference to a few of Vera-Ellen's scenes and regrettably I have to agree. As much as I love Danny Kaye, I think 'Holiday Inn' with Bing Crosby and the always-lovable-and-proper Fred Astaire is a far better and cleaner holiday classic that is safe for children to watch - whoever chose the actresses for that movie had finer taste and far more class.

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Dec 24, 2012

Phil Davis: I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that's forty-five minutes, and I'd at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.
Bob Wallace: You don't expect me to get serious with the kind of characters you and Rita have been throwing at me, do you?
Phil Davis: Well, there've been some nice girls, too, you know.
Bob Wallace: Oh yeah, yeah. Like that nuclear scientist we just met out in the hall.
Phil Davis: All right, they didn't go to college. They didn't go to Smith.
Bob Wallace: Go to Smith? She couldn't even spell it.
Phil Davis: Oh, that's very funny. Ho, ho, ho. The crooner is now becoming the comic.

Dec 24, 2012

Doris: Well, I like that! Without so much as a "kiss my foot" or "have an apple."


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