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Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with VistaVision, keep the enteratinment going in this fancifully staged production, clicking well.

The directorial handling by Michael Curtiz gives a smooth blend of music (13 numbers plus snatches of others) and drama, and in the climax creates a genuine heart tug that will squeeze tears.

The plot holding the entire affair together has Crosby and Kaye, two Army buddies, joining forces after the war and becoming a big musical team. They get together with the girls and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. The inn at which they stay is run by Dean Jagger, their old general, and the boys put on a show to pull him out of a financial hole.

Crosby wraps up his portion of the show with deceptive ease, shuffling a mean hoof in the dances and generally aquitting himself like a champion. Kaye takes in his stride the dance, song and comedy demands of his assignment, keeping Crosby on his toes at all times.

1954: Nomination: Best Song (‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’)

White Christmas

  • Production: Paramount. Director Michael Curtiz; Producer Robert Emmett Dolan; Screenplay Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank; Camera Loyal Griggs; Editor Frank Bracht; Music Joseph J. Lilley; Art Director Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 120 MIN.
  • With: Bing Crosby Danny Kaye Rosemary Clooney Vera-Ellen Dean Jagger Mary Wickes