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White Christmas

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

With:
Bing Crosby Danny Kaye Rosemary Clooney Vera-Ellen Dean Jagger Mary Wickes

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

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