Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are a pair of song-and-dance pros at the top of their game. When Phil introduces Bob to scintillating sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera Ellen), the two men are swiftly smitten and soon join the duo en route to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. Upon arriving, Bob and Phil have a surprise encounter with Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), their beloved former commander in World War II, learning that his quaint country inn is in financial ruin. What is left for the all-singing, all-dancing quartet to do except plan a yuletide extravaganza for the local community and put Waverly’s business back on the up-and-up?
Why You Should See This Film
Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce) and filled with instantly recognisable songs from Irving Berlin, White Christmas is the shining star atop the cinematic tree of holiday classics. From its soaring title track to the crowd-favourite “Sisters” musical number, this film makes the absolute most of its cast of top-tier talent — not to mention Edith Head’s lush costumes and production designer Roland Anderson’s eye-popping sets. It’s no surprise that White Christmas was the highest-grossing musical film of all time upon its first release.
- Year: 1954
- Rating: G
- Director: Michael Curtiz
- Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen
- Duration: 140 minutes
- Language: English