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White Christmas

White Christmas

Bing Crosby
Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
, Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
, Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney
Michael Curtiz

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Overview

White Christmas, Paramount's belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio's first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film's simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which "What Can You Do With a General?" is the least memorable. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (replacing an ailing Donald O'Connor) play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil's WII commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger, who looks and sounds like Dwight D. Eisenhower!), who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil's army buddies. Corny in the extreme, White Christmas evidently struck a responsive note with film fans; it was the high-grossing picture of 1954, and a decade later proved to be a ratings bonanza when it was given its network-TV premiere. Of the four stars, Crosby comes off best, especially when singing the title song at the beginning and end of the film; Kaye is a bit overshadowed this time out, though he's quite funny camping it up in a "drag" version of Irving Berlin's "Sisters." Still a big favorite on the home-video circuit, White Christmas may not be the best Bing Crosby musical on the market, but it's certainly one of the most heartwarming.


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Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2019
UPC: 0032429329462
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 6,612

Special Features

Commentary by Rosemary Clooney; White Christmas sing-along; Classic holiday moments; Assigment children: Special 1954; UNICEF documentary featuring their first Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Kaye with introduction by Michael Bublé; Backstage stories from White Christmas; Bing Crosby: Christmas crooner; Danny Kaye: Joy to the World; Irving Berlin's White Christmas; Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home; White Christmas: From page to stage; White Christmas: A look back with Rosemary Clooney; Photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney Betty
Vera-Ellen Judy
Dean Jagger Gen. Waverly
Mary Wickes Emma
John Brascia Joe
Anne Whitfield Susan
Les Clark Actor
Mike Pat Donovan Actor
Lorraine Crawford Actor
Bea Allen Actor
George Chakiris Unnamed Dancer in Club
Barrie Chase Doris
Robert Crosson Albert
Marcel dela Brosse Maitre d'
Gavin Gordon Gen. Carlton
Johnny Grant Ed Harrison
Percy Helton Train Conductor
I. Stanford Jolley Station Master
Dick Keene Assistant Stage Manager
James Parnell Sheriff
Richard Shannon Adjutant
Grady Sutton General's Guest
Herb Vigran Novello
Sig Rumann Landlord
Vera Ellen Actor
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Roland Anderson Art Director
Irving Berlin Score Composer,Songwriter
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Emmett Dolan Producer
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Joseph Lilley Musical Direction/Supervision
Norman Panama Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director

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