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With: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield
Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 120
Date: 10/14/1954

White Christmas (1954)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In 1942, Bing Crosby released one of the biggest recorded hits of all time, "White Christmas," and twelve years later came the official movie, White Christmas (1954), filmed in color and "Vistavision." Crosby plays a popular singer, Bob Wallace, who is stationed overseas during WWII. During an attack, songwriter Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) saves Bob's life, and they become partners in peacetime. Teaming up with sister singers Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen), they decide to put on a show to save their old major general's struggling Vermont hotel. Director Michael Curtiz's approach seems a little lethargic at times, the plot relies a bit too much on a ridiculous misunderstanding, and the movie isn't actually all that Christmasy. But it does have a lovely laid-back simplicity that fits in with what the holiday season ought to feel like.

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