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Sunday, December 15, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Movies - Day 16 - White Christmas

Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas Movies – What list of Christmas movies would be complete without White Christmas (1954), the classic film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as Army buddies turned song & dance men? They pair up with two sisters, who are also performers (Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Allen). All four eventually end up at a Vermont Inn...where they naturally decide to put on a show to help save the failing inn.

This movie was just on the other night, and I always marvel at the “song & dance” numbers. Vaudeville must have been such a fun era. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are masters and Vera-Allen is an amazing dancer. Of course this movie is really most known for one thing…the song, White Christmas (written by Irving Berlin and forever immortalized by Bing Crosby), which still ranks #1 on most lists of favorite Christmas songs. The song appeared in an earlier movie, Holiday Inn (1942). Then White Christmas became the showstopper for this movie, with the barn opening up as snow begins to fall. Who doesn’t hum along to this tune?

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