Release Year: 1954
Running Time: 2 hours
For my second Christmas film pick, I decided to go with a movie that’s relatively new to me. Unlike “Home Alone”, I watched “White Christmas” for the first time last year and fell in love with how quaint it is.
The plot goes thusly, old war buddies, turned performers, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) go to a show featuring two sisters. Bob and Phil take a shining to the sisters and, after helping them sneak out of a performance, they end up at the same failing lodge in Vermont. When Bob and Phil discover that the place is owned by their old general, they team-up with the sisters to save the inn with a grand Christmas show.
It’s hard to go wrong with a musical featuring Irving Berlin’s music. The most easily recognizable song is “White Christmas”, which is crooned by Bing Crosby. (You can’t get more Christmas-y than that.) However, there are a few other fun tunes, including the songs “Sisters” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep”. While Crosby has some of the best songs in the movie, Danny Kaye is also just excellent, playing well off of Crosby’s drier humor.
Where the movie falls flat is with the romance between Crosby and Rosemary Clooney’s characters. While it’s fabulous to listen to them sing together, I thought Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen had more chemistry. I kept finding myself wanting to see more of their joking/promiscuous characters interact, rather than more of the straight-laced Crosby and Clooney. This also might be because Crosby and Clooney are continuously hopping from one misunderstanding to another, which got annoying.
While some of the dance numbers can feel a bit intrusive, I can’t help but be charmed by them. The bright colors and old sound stages are just wonderful and easily distract from the odd, almost beatnik, dances. Plus, Vera-Ellen has some great upbeat numbers that make up for their seeming randomness.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I would suggest checking it out. It oozes with the perfect Christmas feels; especially the storyline featuring the General, which always manages to bring a tear to my eye. All in all, this is a great one to cozy up with on a snowy day.
As a final note, I’ll leave you with my favorite dance scene from the movie: