Bing Crosby ■ Danny Kaye ■ Rosemary Clooney ■ Vera-Ellen
Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
If you were to ask people what the quintessential classic Christmas movie is, no doubt, you would get several answers but two movies would probably get top-billing for that role. Those two would be: It's A Wonderful Life and this movie, White Christmas. As much as I love Jimmy Stewart White Christmas is basically my favorite Christmas movie, aside from Charlie Brown. When my mom asked me why I liked it so much, I couldn't really come up with an answer. Maybe it's the cute storyline, the Irving Berlin songs, the lovely Edith Head costumes, or the often funny dialogue. Whatever it is, this is one of the two movies that I watch every Christmas, and hey, even other times of the year. It's even one that my brother enjoys watching, but then he is a Bing Crosby fan...
White Christmas a wonderful look back at a time when it was still OK to wish people a Merry Christmas. A time when Hollywood was in it's Golden Era and musicals were well-made. It's an enoyable family film with lots of Holiday cheer, humor, and romance. Don't miss one of Christmas's most classic movies!
Bing Crosby ... Bob Wallace
Danny Kaye ... Phil Davis
Rosemary Clooney ... Betty Haynes
Vera-Ellen ... Judy Haynes (as Vera Ellen)
Dean Jagger ... Major General Thomas F. Waverly
Mary Wickes ... Emma Allen
Anne Whitfield ... Susan Waverly
20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles, California
Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California (studio)
Phil Davis: Give me one reason, one good reason, why we should spend our last two hours in Florida looking at the sisters of Freckle-Face Haynes, the dog-faced boy.
Bob Wallace: Let's just say we're doing it for a pal in the army, huh?
Phil Davis: Well, it's not good, but it's a reason.
Phil Davis: My dear partner, 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.
Bob Wallace: When I figure out what that means I'll come up with a crushing reply.
Phil Davis: How much is "wow"?
Bob Wallace: It's right in between, uh, between "ouch" and "boing".
Phil Davis: Wow!
Judy Haynes: [about Betty] Last night, she couldn't sleep; today, she won't eat: she's in love.
Phil Davis: Well, if that's love, somebody goofed.
Gen. Thomas F. Waverly: I got along very well in the Army without you.
Emma Allen: It took 15,000 men to take m' place.
Phil Davis, Bob Wallace, Betty Haynes, Judy Haynes: [singing] ... And may all your Christmases be white. MERRY CHRISTMAS!