#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim’s supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music’s the thing.
Plot: Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim’s supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music’s the thing.
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A True Classic
This is truly one of the great musicals to ever grace the silver screen. Between the great song, the dance numbers and the chemistry between Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, this film really is one of the the all time classics. What really makes it great is that it pretty much plays like a great Broadway review that uses the different holidays as an excuse to display the individual talents of each of the film’s stars. However, the thing that this film will truly be remembered for is the fact that it introduced one of the all time classic song’s to the world, “White Christmas”.
Another thing that makes this film so beloved is that it came out during a time when America needed somewhat of a diversion, World War II. This film helped to give people something to put smiles on their faces as the whole world was going to hell. At least for two hours, this film helped America to forget its troubles and put a smile on everyone’s faces.
HOLIDAY INN (Mark Sandrich, 1942) ***1/2
As I’ve said often enough, I’ve somewhat outgrown the Musical genre over the years and, consequently, I do not go back to it as often as I ought to perhaps. Seeing how this is my third viewing of the classic first screen teaming of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, therefore, it follows that HOLIDAY INN is something rather special and, indeed, I believe it is. Although the film is nowadays best-known perhaps for introducing the world’s best-selling single record Irving Berlin’s evergreen Oscar-winning “White Christmas” it is also an amiably heartwarming slice of impeccable entertainment as only Hollywood during its Golden Age was able to provide.
The storyline is simple enough: a trio of entertainers “quarrel” over the girl in the middle and while one (Fred Astaire) proposes to her, the other (Bing Crosby) quits showbiz to settle down in a remote farming community. But, as often happens in such marriages, the union is short-lived and Astaire soon heads towards Connecticut to try out Bing’s happy “busy doing nothing” lifestyle. Meanwhile, the latter has hooked up with an ambitious girl but Astaire immediately sets his eyes on her as a potential dancing partner for himself…
Although HOLIDAY INN’s association with “White Christmas” gives one the impression that the events taking place in it are set exclusively around Christmas-time, the title of the film itself is much more appropriate as the inn Crosby sets up is one that specifically opens on the 15 public holidays which crop up in the American calendar throughout the year which are illustrated for us on the screen as they occur, including an amusingly animated one with a confused turkey on Thanksgiving Day! The musical numbers prepared by Crosby and Astaire for their patrons are delightfully elaborate ones with Crosby singing in blackface (on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday) and Astaire donning a wig (on George Washington’s birthday). Astaire also has a tour-de-force solo number with lots of firecrackers for his partners one he frantically cooks up on the spot to impress Hollywood talent agents after the girl that was supposed to accompany him fails to appear (thanks to one of Crosby’s recurring ruses to put an end to their partnership). Apart from that Oscar-winning song, Irving Berlin’s wonderful score also includes “Easter Parade” (which was brought to the screen six years later by Astaire himself and Judy Garland), “I’ll Capture Your Heart Singing” (a dueling duet between Crosby and Astaire) and “You’re Easy To Dance With” (sung by Astaire as he dances with his new partner, Marjorie Reynolds).
The cast is a very strong ingredient in contributing towards the film’s overall success: Bing Crosby is at his best (in a lightly, comedic vein) as the laid-back proprietor of Holiday Inn; Fred Astaire is perfectly cast as his self-absorbed romantic rival and has a great drunken dance sequence around the film’s mid-point; the relatively unknown Marjorie Reynolds is a very likable leading lady (she worked steadily in films for years without ever attaining stardom and, apart from this one, her most high-profile role was in Fritz Lang’s MINISTRY OF FEAR ; Walter Abel was one of Hollywood’s most consummate character actors and he is his usual flustered self here as Astaire’s conniving agent; Irving Bacon has a small but winning role of a yokel Crosby hires to detain Reynolds (by any means necessary which ultimately sees him driving his car straight into a river!) from performing at Holiday Inn when Hollywood comes knocking, etc. Director Mark Sandrich (who helmed some of the best entries in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers cycle in the 1930s) displays an admirably light touch throughout which ensures that the film breezes through its alternately comic and musical phases without a bump.
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire would later be reteamed for the less successful BLUE SKIES (1946) which I haven’t seen yet but wouldn’t mind doing so eventually and HOLIDAY INN itself would be revamped (less effectively) the following decade as WHITE Christmas (1954), a Vistavision color vehicle for Crosby again, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Director Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen
Writer Claude Binyon (screenplay), Elmer Rice (adaptation), Irving Berlin (based on an idea by)
Actors Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
Production Company Paramount
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,756.61 m (11 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm