“I’m…dreaming of a White Christmas. Just like the one I used to know…”
If any movie is a Christmas Classic, it is White Christmas. In fact, White Christmas is to Christmas movies what Apple Pie is to America. New generations know of this movie and they probably do not even realize it. Chevy Chase, in Christmas Vacation, immortalized the starring duo in the film when he said, “We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny -fucking- Kaye.”
As you may have guessed, White Christmas, stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. White Christmas is a movie musical that was directed by Michael Curtiz. The cast is superb. The acting cannot be compared with anything that is available in a modern setting. The movie is entertaining, and the music, along with the infamous Bing Crosby rendition of “White Christmas” is far superior to any Christmas music you will hear by the artists of today.
In White Christmas, the war (no not Iraq…WWII) has just ended. Army veterans Bob Wallace (Crobsy) and Phil Davis (Kaye) have left the armed forces and have formed a traveling song and dance act. In fact, they have become one of the most popular song and dance acts in entertainment.
The two men, thanks to Phil, meet a female song and dance act, sisters Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera-Ellen) Haynes. The men, who are enchanted by the sisters, follow them to a lodge in Vermont where they have a gig, and hilarity ensues as mix-ups occur between the couples, and as the two men realize that the Vermont lodge is run by none other than their Army commander, Major General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger).
Thoughts on the Movie
It is hard to compare modern movies with the movies of yesteryear. The actors were better. Classic is the right word for them. The movies were amazing despite the lack of quality compared to modern movie magic. These stories are timeless classics. They stay with you and have withstood the test of time through multiple generations of children and adults alike.
When you see a movie like White Christmas, that warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling is ever-present. In fact, you want to snuggle up with your eggnog, a fire in the fireplace, and your loved ones as you settle down for a night of Classic Christmas movie fare. Of course, there are bad movies even from the classic cinematic era. However, White Christmas is not one of them!
What People are Saying
It is hard to find a negative word about White Christmas. It is kind of like saying something bad about Casablanca or Gone with the Wind. Even if the movie does not suit your tastes, you must agree the plot, cast, and movie are remarkable. Besides, Christmas is a time of fun, sharing and moments spent together with the ones you love. When you watch White Christmas, you have the opportunity to enjoy all the most special aspects of your life.
The Bottom Line: White Christmas is one of those movies you simply will not want to miss watching each year. With the amazing, all-star cast, and an upbeat plot interwoven in true Hollywood musical fashion with an excellent musical score, you will be singing in no time along with Bing and the gang.