White Christmas

White Christmas

DVD - 2000
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Crosby and Kaye are a song-and-dance team who travel to Vermont to put on a Christmas show for the inn owned by their old army general.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Video, c2000
ISBN: 9780792167082
0792167082
Branch Call Number: H WHI 4565H 1
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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 17, 2016

Sure "White Christmas" is corny.

And, it is, indeed, saccharine-loaded, too.

And, yes, it certainly has some really mediocre musical and dance numbers, as well....

But regardless of all of that - White Christmas does seem to succeed at what it seemingly sets out to do - And, that is - Instill (in most of its viewers) a nostalgia for more care-free times and engage in those even a little bit of the "Christmas Spirit".

I mean - How can Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" not make you feel at least a tiny bit sentimental?

(Watch music-video of Elvis Presley (not Bing Crosby) singing "White Christmas"*)

P.S. - Gee. I wonder if VPL policewoman janice (Badge #21383) will find this movie "treacly" as well?

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

Oh, White Christmas, how do I love thee! This movie is a classic tradition in my family to watch every Christmas Eve. The songs are classic, especially the titular song "White Christmas." The story is romantic, sweet, poignant, and funny all at the same time. There are not enough good things that I can say about this film, except watch it this Christmas with your family, especially if you've never seen it.

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GusAndAbe
Nov 22, 2016

One of my favourite Christmas movies

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 29, 2016

VERY GOOD 1954 color (first in widescreen VistaVision) musical romance film. Interesting WWII era army elements (in an opening scene in pre-VE 1944 war-time Europe) the general declares 'There is no Christmas in the Army' while Captain Bing is putting on a show for the troops.
Lots of fun dancing/singing with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye - and I particularly enjoyed seeing Vera-Ellen (whose names appears without hyphen as Vera Ellen in opening credits). She does have an amazing tiny waist and apparently was a bit over dietary obsessed.
The post-war plot after Bing and Danny make it big on Broadway involving the Haynes sisters is fun - if somewhat dramatically weak with a bit whack plot twist when fun actress Mary Wickes as housekeeper Emma listening partially in on phone call mistakenly believes that her beloved boss will be portrayed as a pitiable figure in a nationwide broadcast and tells Betty (Rosemary Clooney) Haynes.
Of course, it all eventually works out and the film ends with the (especially amusing to me, a Vietnam Era veteran) song, 'Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army'. The Vermont setting/snow element adds a fun backdrop.
The film does occupy a high spot in vintage film history, is quite entertaining, and I'm glad I've now seen it.

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VV17
Dec 19, 2015

This is one of the best Christmas movies ever! Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney have beautiful voices that add to the delightful storyline. The message of love and reaching out is vital to the story as exemplified in how Wallace and Davis help their old General who is down on their luck. Also, the costumes and sets are beautiful--these aspects really add to the story. Then, the dance numbers are sure to leave the audience enthralled, especially the dances with Vera Ellen. This is a film the whole family can sit down and watch together.

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AnastasiaBella
Nov 05, 2015

Bing Crosby is, as always, perfect, both in acting and singing, and Danny Kaye is an excellent actor, singer AND dancer. Rosemary Clooney is likable and high-class, but I found Vera-Ellen to be annoying and a little on the sleazy side, perhaps she was a little irritated due to the extreme diets she was on, but she is by no means a great actress or even a little bit likable. She is a talented dancer, so I suppose she was chosen for the role based on that, but with a country filled with talented dancers I can't help but wonder why she was chosen in the first place. She ruined the movie for me. And for a "family" movie that children will be watching, she tries too hard to be provocative and even 'slutty', particularly in some of her dance numbers. Not that she is that attractive, some of the costumes they put her in, especially when not dancing, make her look almost like an 'ant', with her body disproportionately separated at the waist and her figure is definitely underweight - a bad role model for children. It isn't like she is naturally slim, like many women are who are beautiful, she really looks like she is starving herself. She's very uncomfortable, always self-conscious and just plain full of herself. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are perfect gentleman and Rosemary Clooney is always a lady but with such a wonderful cast this could've been a perfect movie without Vera-Ellen. There are plenty of fine female dancers who can dance without bringing a base, animal-like aura to it. When the first reviewer said that this movie was not for children to watch, I believe that was a reference to a few of Vera-Ellen's scenes and regrettably I have to agree. As much as I love Danny Kaye, I think 'Holiday Inn' with Bing Crosby and the always-lovable-and-proper Fred Astaire is a far better and cleaner holiday classic that is safe for children to watch - whoever chose the actresses for that movie had finer taste and far more class.

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clarap
Dec 01, 2014

Excellent dvd, after the first few minutes of watching it seemed boring due to the fact that it was an older film. However as we continued to watch the movie was well done excellent cast both Ballet and acting. Very enjoyable family movie

ChristineT_RPL Nov 24, 2014

This holiday classic is one of the reasons that I became a dancer. From the songs to the choreography this film does not disappoint. With lovable characters and a sweet story line I look forward to this film each holiday season.
The costumes are also beautiful from costume designer Edith Head. This film will please the whole family.

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Tambien
Dec 20, 2013

The four principal actors are great, but check out the underrated work of male dancer John Brascia, who appears in many of the musical numbers.

As bloger/critic James Wolcott pointed out, White Christmas is a rare Christmas film classic for grown ups.

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rslade
Jul 17, 2013

The classic, and still very amusing and worth a viewing every Christmas.

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Siliverien
Dec 24, 2012

Phil Davis: I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that's forty-five minutes, and I'd at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.
Bob Wallace: You don't expect me to get serious with the kind of characters you and Rita have been throwing at me, do you?
Phil Davis: Well, there've been some nice girls, too, you know.
Bob Wallace: Oh yeah, yeah. Like that nuclear scientist we just met out in the hall.
Phil Davis: All right, they didn't go to college. They didn't go to Smith.
Bob Wallace: Go to Smith? She couldn't even spell it.
Phil Davis: Oh, that's very funny. Ho, ho, ho. The crooner is now becoming the comic.

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Siliverien
Dec 24, 2012

Doris: Well, I like that! Without so much as a "kiss my foot" or "have an apple."

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