Pros: It's clean, uplifting, no sex, no murders, no drugs, no computer generated monsters
Cons: a little 'over done' and boring for todays jaded audiences
The Bottom Line: Everyone needs magic
The Oracle says: Danny Kaye has a Bacon number of 3.
Danny Kaye was in Five Pennies, The (1959) with Tuesday Weld Tuesday Weld was in Feeling Minnesota (1996) with Courtney Love Courtney Love was in 24 Hours** (2001) with Kevin Bacon ***
White Christmas was set in the World War II era when people, faced with the devastation and depression of the war, were ready for the uplifting experiences like these musicals. Starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen and Danny Kaye. It is a wonderful tale of hope and inspiration by Irving Berlin.
Trouble makers and performers, Crosby and Kaye, team up and go on to a successful career after the end of the war. They meet up with Clooney and Ellen, who are on their way to a Vermont ski lodge for an extended gig. Kaye, still the irascible jokester, decides to follow the girls and drags Crosby along.
When they arrive at the lodge, they find unseasonable weather has struck, causing a financial disaster to the owners of the lodge - oddly enough, their retired General, Dean Jagger. Deciding the most prudent thing he can do is reenlist, the General gets the typical letter thanking him for his years of service, but, no thanks for the reenlistment. Crosby and Kaye decide to stage their successful show on the premises hoping it will draw large crowds and insure an financial windfall for their General.
Clooney overhears the plans and believes they are doing it for their own gain and gets in a huff, spurring Crosby's overtures of love and throwing him into a spin. Of course, as all musicals from that era do, it ends on a positive note and true love and true friendship prevails and the production is a monetary success.
White Christmas, to me, is one of the purest movies ever made. It ranks with Miracle on 34th Street in the ideal that the gift of giving and the ability to learn to accept that gift far outweighs personal desires. I know, It's A Wonderful Life is considered a classic Christmas movie, but I always found it somewhat depressing, even as a child. White Christmas is the epitome of the embodiment of true love for your fellow man.
In addition, the title song, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" is probably one of the most recognized Christmas songs known. It is a song that offers hope, dreams, and fulfillment. It is what children's dreams are based on, what adults pray for. It is everything that is pure and untainted by the trials and tribulations of this decadent world we stumble through.
The performances by the four major stars are impeccable as this was probably at the pinnacle of each of their careers. All their singing parts are clearly given - well, with the exception of the mime by Crosby and Kaye when they impersonated Clooney and Ellen. It was hysterical, offering some much needed comic relief.
Favorite songs from the movie include White Christmas, Sisters and Count Your Blessings and Snow. There is a relative unknown in one of the dance scenes, the delightful George Chakiris, that later goes on to fame in West Side Story.
I'll admit this is a old time, over done, campy movie - as most musicals from this era tend to be, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Gather your friends and family around and sit down to watch this classic love story. It's guaranteed that you will be humming along by the end of the movie.
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Yesterday flipping around the channels I hit upon White Christmas, that old chestnut starring Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Jagger, and dancer Vera-Ellen. I first saw this movie as a child, long, long ago, and have never forgotten that final scene with the entire cast in red and white, singing the title song with snow floating down all around. Magical. Today, the plot is, well, nothing less than corny, but you've got to hand it to the stars - they were talented, show biz pros. … more