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White Christmas

Friday the 26th of July @ 8pm


Guest hosted by Miguel
in Brookline


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Well how do you like that? Not so much as a "kiss my foot" or "have an apple"!
--Doris

USA: 1954 -- Directed by Michael Curtiz

Written by Melvin Frank, Norman Krasna and Norman Panama

Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen
and Rosemary Clooney (RIP June 29, 2002)


"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"


This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: Sisters (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), Snow, We'll Follow the Old Man, Mandy, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and some fruit cake!

Bing Crosby Rosemary Clooney Director Michael Curtz

Awards

Nominated for Oscar for Best Song: Irving Berlin for the song Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep

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Memorable Quotes

Phil Davis: When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left.

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Trivia

The first film produced in Paramount's wide screen process "VistaVision".

The scene where Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye impersonate the Haynes Sisters was originally done as a gag by the the two during rehearsals, surprising director Michael Curtiz and others. The cameras were rolling and the scene went over so well it was added to the picture.

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Goofs

Continuity: At the start of his surprise party, General Waverly blows out the candles on the cake at his table. At the very end of the movie the candles are lit again.

Errors in geography: The train that transports The Haynes Sisters and Wallace and Davis from Florida to Vermont is shown as being of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in one sequence, and of the Southern Pacific Railroad in another. Neither railway ran on the east coast of the U.S.

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