White Christmas

Movie Review #670


Studio: Paramount Pictures
Distributor: Paramount Pictures (1954 release & 1964 re-release)
Country: USA
Spoken Languages: English

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Produced by Robert Emmett Dolan. Written for the screen by Norman Krasna & Norman Panama & Melvin Frank.

Approved by the Production Code Administration (certificate #16919). Runs 2 hours. Wide release in the USA on October 14, 1954. Re-release in Denmark on December 1, 1959 and on December 8, 1964; in the USA on October 25, 1961; and in the UK on December 12, 2008.

Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen. Also starring Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, and Anne Whitfield. With an additional performance by John Brascia. Also featuring an uncredited performance by Barrie Chase as Doris Lenz.

Cinemaniac Reviews three and a half stars

“Where do you think you’re going?  Nobody’s leaving.  Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.  No, no.  We’re all in this together.  This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here.  We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny f–king Kaye.  And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.”

–Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

To the tune of “Singin’ in the Rain”:

They’re singin’ in the snow,
Just singin’ in the snow,
What a glorious movie–
On Christmas, more so.
I’m laughing and glad.
Even scenes that are sad
Are cheerful, well-written,
And spirited, lad.
Let the movie begin,
Then play it again.
By the way, Michael Curtiz
Directed this film.
If anything, he
Proves he’s one of the
Best directors
Of the 1950s.

Reviewin’ in the snow!
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m reviewin’ and writin’ in the snow!

The set, it don’t convince,
But frankly, it hints
At the stagey atmosphere
Of “White Christmas”.
This movie’s classic
And never too bombastic
And it feels like the movie
“Singin’ in the Rain”.
It’s a movie that brings
Kaye, Danny and Crosby, Bing
Together in quite a fine
Stage coupling.
Based on “Holiday Inn”:
A script that don’t run thin.
If only
I could give this film four stars!

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