#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
Plot: Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.
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I am not a fan of musicals, but if I am to watch one I prefer this type: where the story is told in dialogue, interrupted and built onto by the songs. The movies that are pure music — including dialogue, threaten to cause me to slide out of my chair onto the floor and stare at the ceiling.
The writing is a bit hokey and sometimes predictable, but overall it is entertaining and quite watchable. We wondered where they found room in the building for the huge set that was created, but rule number one here is to suspend your disbelief, and ignore niggling little questions such as: where are the parents of the general’s granddaughter?
So it was a pleasant enough watch. I saw a review that spoke of Danny Kaye’s bad acting, but really I thought he and everyone did just fine. The songs are all good, except for the title song, which is of course perfect.
Still dreaming after all these years.
Old Army buddies Bob and Phil become a hugely successful song and dance act once the war is over. Taking a much needed vacation to Vermont, they are saddened to find that the ski lodge run by their old wartime General is due to be closed down on account of the lack of snow in the area. Falling in with two lovely sisters, Betty & Judy, the boys plan to put on a variety show with the girls to entice people back to the lodge. But misunderstandings and romantic leanings are not going to make this at all easy.
Enduring, perennial, simple and beguiling are all words fit to be associated with White Christmas. It’s directed by Mr Reliable, Michael Curtiz, features songs from Irving Berlin and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen & Dean Jagger. Filmed in Technicolor, it’s also notable for being the first film to be shot in VistaVision (think wide-screen process). In truth the film is thinly plotted and doesn’t remotely feature some of Berlin’s best tunes, and I dare to be a touch more critical as the VistaVision is wasted on the studio led direction. Yet it’s such a charming and heart warming film it feels churlish to let the negatives negate the over riding feeling of having been cheered after a viewing.
So although it’s not the brilliance it perhaps should have been, it’s ultimately a picture that still reels in new viewers every yuletide year, and that’s something that is hard to argue with. So enjoy the title song and the likes of “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep” & “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me”. Marvel at the zippiness of Vera-Ellen’s dancing whilst lapping up the side-kick goofiness provided by the always watchable Kaye. Be emotionally involved with Dean Jagger’s heavy hearted General, and of course there’s Crosby too, seemingly ageless, he croons and simultaneously manages to melt the ice in your drink as you snuggle up by the fire.
“………just like the ones we used to know.”
By 1954 the song White Christmas had become such a timeless classic that it was inevitable that a film would be made around it. And of course the star would be none other than Bing Crosby. But who to star with him.
Originally this was to be the third Irving Berlin outing for Bing and Fred Astaire. Then Donald O’Connor was to co-star, but finally Danny Kaye teamed with Der Bingle. Proved to be a felicitous combination.
By then Rosemary Clooney had worked in a few films well and more importantly, she had clicked with Crosby on the radio. Bing had teamed with several girl singers over the years, like Connee Boswell, Frances Langford, Mary Martin, Trudy Erwin, Carole Richards, Peggy Lee and a trio of sisters named Andrews. But he always said Rosemary Clooney was it for him and besides Mary Martin, the only other one who did became a leading lady for him.
It’s not remembered because of the success of her solo career, but Rosemary Clooney started as a duo with her sister Betty who retired early to raise a family. So with Vera-Ellen as her sister in the movie, that was an aspect of the plot Rosemary could handle with ease.
The plot such as it is involves Bing and Danny as a song and dance duo who’ve expanded into the production end of show business. Through a little bit of a con game worked by Vera Ellen, the two meet a singing sister act like the Clooney sisters were. The sisters turn out to be headed to Vermont to work at a resort and the smitten guys go along with them.
Problem is there ain’t any snow there. It’s an unheard of 68 degrees Fahrenheit in early December. And the place is owned by Crosby and Kaye’s former commander from World War II, played by Dean Jagger. He’s about to lose his shirt and his pride. So our intrepid quartet go to work.
Irving Berlin’s score for White Christmas is about half new songs and the other half from previous scores. That’s how it was when you got Irving to work for you. Listen carefully even to the background music. You will not hear one note of a non-Berlin song.
One of those songs was a personal favorite of mine, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep. I recall in grade school in Brooklyn it was a song that the teachers had us sing in the school assemblies. Little did I know that it was introduced by the guy who proved to be my favorite entertainer. It’s a patented philosophical Bing Crosby song that he did best and it serves as a ballad to woo and win Rosie. Bing sings it and then Rosie joins him in the reprise.
Danny Kaye has two good numbers. The first The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing is clearly originally for Fred Astaire, though Kaye and Vera Ellen make a lovely couple on the dance floor. The Choreography number I think was also done for Astaire, but here dancer John Brascia does the complicated dance routine while Kaye sings. I’m sure Astaire would have handled both jobs had the film been made with him.
All the stars do the Minstrel Show/Mandy number, but Vera Ellen really shines in it. She was a great dancer, really sparkled in every film she did.
Besides Sisters, Rosemary Clooney has a grand torch ballad that sold a few platters for her in Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me. She had a wonderful singing voice and the most impeccable diction of any female singer ever. You don’t miss one throbbing word on any of her ballads.
White Christmas was Paramount’s first film done in their wide screen process called VistaVision. And of course it was proper that their number one star for over 20 years be in this film. Of course jokes about Bing’s derrière and the wide screen got into the repertoire of a certain comedian named Hope.
Just like the song that inspired it, White Christmas has proved to be a timeless holiday classic and will remain so.
A Classic Film for all Ages…
On all counts, this movie succeeds as sheer entertainment. I watched it with my sisters as a little girl — and the tradition has been passed down to my two daughters, who look forward to the tradition of throwing “fake” snow around every year in the final scene (no spoilers here…)!
I have never encountered another movie that engenders such faith and respect among its followers. In fact, friends from across the country join me every year in watching it simultaneously as we chat about each scene in a chat room online. We call it “Cyber White Christmas” – and it allows us to celebrate and type away to our hearts content as we revisit the confection each year. Yes, we understand the film is confection — and we trust and love it to be just so.
I will always smile when Danny rubs his elbow. When the Hanes Sisters come out in that heavenly blue. We’ll forever gasp at Vera Ellen’s skeletal frame — and the single tap from Mandy that seems to go on forever, not to mention Betty’s magnificently scalloped dress in New York as she croons “Love, You didn’t do right by me..” And it’s true: the best things really do happen when you’re dancing — a number that transports me to the sublime every single time…
In other respects, I live a fairly respectable ordinary life. But once a year, I’m a giddy schoolgirl as I watch this wonderful film with my family. I count this lovely film as one of my blessings, for sure. Mutual, I’m sure.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Musical, Romance
Director Michael Curtiz
Writer Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Norman Panama (written for the screen by), Melvin Frank (written for the screen by)
Actors Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording), Perspecta Stereo (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1 (intended ratio), 1.85 : 1, 2.35 : 1 (anamorphic prints) (1961 re-release)
Camera William Fox “Natural Color” Cameras (modified for VistaVision)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,275 m (Sweden), 3,292 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process VistaVision (as Paramount proudly presents the first picture in)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 35 mm (horizontal)