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  • Dreadful Christmas
    What a dreadful, horrid Christmas movie. It's slow, the characters sing "Sisters" until you want to slap them like red-headed stepchildren.

    The ONLY reason this movie gets one star is because the dresses that Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen wear at the end of the movie are gorgeous!

    Skip this one. If you want a good Christmas film, purchase Laurel and Hardy's MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (a.k.a. BABES IN TOYLAND) or Pee Wee Herman's Christmas special! ...more info
  • We'll Follow the Old Man Wherever he wants to go.....Just Great Fun
    What a great movie, fun to watch and at any time of year. Although entitled White Christmas, the story is about so much more. Shortly after WWII two former army buddies are working the night club singing scene when they run into two 'Sisters, Sisters.....' and then life really takes off for them.

    This movie takes you to Vermont, just in time for the ski season, before Christmas, and well, Vermont just so happens to be quite hot. Throughout the movie there is just great fun and even better music and even some good dancing. Danny Kaye has some great slap stick comedy, he sings and dances with Vera Allen. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney link up and sing together. There is romance in the air and still, there is no snow. What to do? They are visiting a ski resort, attempting to make some dough, but no snow, no show, no dough.

    Bing Crosby goes out of his way to help and the story becomes so very good after this. Really, an all around story, love, music, dance and mostly loyalty and willingness to stick your neck out for a friend. I am so glad that it was presented every year on TV, so now you can have this classic to call your own to view at any time of the year.

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  • White Christmas
    Always been a favorite ever since I saw it for thw first time back in 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. Happy to have able to get a copy of it. Bing, Danny,Rosemary and Vera made it a super talented pic....more info
  • Christmas Tradition
    "Hey Bob the girls are in a jam.!" "What's the beef?"
    Oh I love this movie and the great lines all the way through it. It is wonderful. How can we not love Crosby and Kaye singing and dancing. It is just great fun. I think we can say the whole script as a family we've watched it so many times.

    Make it a tradition you'll laugh and sigh all the way through.
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  • Bing & Danny, wish they'd teamed up more often.
    A classic movie with great actors. Dean Jagger played his role as the General / Inn owner / Grandfather so very well. Bing and Danny did the 'sisters' number that must have been so embarrassing (and fun) at the time. Great dance numbers, singing numbers and a wonderful story....more info
  • White Christmas - DVD
    The DVD arrived quickly in time in fact to view it on the 12th day of Xmas..Good seller, good product.....more info
  • Christmas Classic Comedy
    Contrary to popular belief, this is not the movie that launched the song "White Christmas," but was actually written to feature the Irving Berlin song. Though this movie is over 50 years old, it is one of the best Christmas Movies ever! The pairing of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye is a marvelous combination of wisdom and wit as well as song and dance! My favorite song in the show is done by Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney's mother) and Vera-Ellen -"Sisters"- which is outrageously parodied by Bing and Danny as they laugh their way through the number. Great for family entertainment before the holidays!...more info
  • Great Classis; Poor Quality DVD, Needs to be Restored
    Since my VHS copy is really old, I got this DVD as a free rental from Blockbuster to see if it is worth buying. A friend of mine has never seen it and I'm almost embarrassed to watch it with her. The video is muddy. the colors are dull. Why in the world would Paramount reissue this wonderful film with all its gloriously colorfull scenes and not restore it?
    I'll wait until paramount does right by it before I buy it....more info
  • My All Time Favorite Christmas Movie
    I really cannot say enough good things about WHITE CHRISTMAS. A true classic, a film for the ages, a movie for generations to come, timeless, beloved.

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Allen...that says it all. Four of the greats, all together in this fantastic film. The songs are memorable and you know the lyrics to all of them. I always sing along to the entire film, much to the chagrin of my children. The dancing is top-notch, the acting is impecable, the story is funny, sentimental, and classic.

    This has been one of my favorites since I was a child, and in my house, it isn't Christmas until we have watched this movie. Quite simply, IMHO, WHITE CHRISTMAS is the greatest Christmas movie of all time. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ...more info
  • Old Time Classic
    I have loved this movie ever since I was a young kid. It is a classic. I watch it every Christmas season just to get me in the spirit. We rarely get snow in South Carolina, but it helps to remind me a bygone days. It's just a fun little movie with some classic actors and actresses that are gone to movie least, I hope. ...more info
  • White Christmas
    This movie is wonderful. It gets you in the holiday spirit. It is a movie that is fun to watch with the whole family. It is a movie that can bring the whole family together and makes everyone happy and ready for Christmas....more info
  • Remastered 2007 DVD Showcases a Thoroughly Entertaining Holiday Classic as Comfortable as a Security Blanket
    Although Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life deserves its place among the pantheon of Christmas movies, this comparative confection from 1954 still deserves special mention. Granted the plot, what there is of one, is rather thin, it is splashy good fun directed by the dependably versatile Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) with several Irving Berlin standards and four superb variety performers in their prime. As much as Capra's film is an annual tradition, it is really this film that I look forward to the most of all the holiday classics.

    The storyline focuses on two former soldiers, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, both song-and-dance men who become best friends when Davis saves Wallace from a falling building during WWII. After years of post-war success on Broadway and the nightclub circuit, they become reconnected with their gruff but lovable former army commander, General Waverly. The general now owns a Vermont ski lodge, but he is treading water financially since there is no snow as Christmas approaches. As it turns out, the Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy, are playing the lodge during the holidays, and of course, romantic entanglements ensue all the way through the big finale when all four star in a show that they hope will save the general's lodge.

    All of this seems rather incidental to the musical numbers showcased in the then-revolutionary widescreen process called VistaVision. The most relaxed of actors during this era, Bing Crosby plays Wallace with his natural ¨¦lan, and he croons the classic title tune early on and leads the group sing of the same song at the end. In contrast, Danny Kaye plays Davis with his mercurial style intact, though compared to his other films of the period, he is relatively subdued here. With her smoky, silken vocal skills on display, Rosemary Clooney plays Betty, Wallace's love interest, with aplomb and complements Crosby easily on "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)". She also delivers a nice torchy Berlin tune with "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" despite some silly man-choreography.

    I have to say the most impressive performer of the quartet is Vera-Ellen, a phenomenal dancer who was the equal of Astaire and Kelly at her peak. She makes even Kaye look good in their musical duets - "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" and the amusing Martha Graham riff, "Choreography". However, her best numbers are with dancer John Brascia - the elaborate "Mandy" number where her pliable, slender frame seems to be everywhere on the screen, and the brief rehearsal number, "Abraham", where she and Brascia snap, pop, clap, kick and swing with unerring military precision. It's worth noting that her singing is dubbed by vocalist Trudy Stevens, which is pointed out by Clooney on the less-than-informative audio commentary track in the 2007 DVD package. Much better is the 16-minute retrospective interview with Clooney where her natural sense of humor emerges.

    There are other numbers worth mentioning in the movie - the duet, "Sisters", done first straight by the women and later by the men as a comedy routine in half-drag (Kaye steals this bit handily with his over-the-top clowning); the foursome on the vintage Berlin "Snow" and "Gee, I Wish I was Back in the Army"; and of course, the title tune at the end. Way over on the sidelines, Dean Jagger lends his warm dignity to the role of the retired general, and Mary Wickes plays Emma the housekeeper in her typically sarcastic manner. Special mention needs to be given to Loyal Griggs's vibrant Technicolor cinematography, which makes the entire movie look appropriately like a bright red candy box, and the print transfer in the DVD almost fully captures the original visual quality. This is undemanding entertainment and a dependable holiday classic that feels like a favorite well-worn blanket....more info